Thursday, 18 August 2022 02:56

Ministry of Labor reports increase in formal employment from april 2021-2022

Written by Evelyn Alas

During the first five months of this year, more than 7,000 people managed to get a formal job in the private sector. An average of 1,400 per month, thanks to the favorable conditions and stable climate perceived in El Salvador.

"Only from january to may, we managed to place more than 7,000 people (in formal jobs), we are talking about an average of more than 1,000 salvadorans per month", said the minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Rolando Castro.

In general, between april 2021 and april 2022, 60,180 jobs have been opened in the country, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Labor, the country has managed to have a total of formal employment of 927,371, in various areas.

However, five sectors account for 89% of registered formal employment contributions: information and communications; professional, scientific and technical activities; trade, restaurants and hotels, transportation, storage, accommodation and food service activities; services and manufacturing industry.

Likewise, through the Labor Migration Program, the Central Government has sent more than 3,000 salvadorans to work abroad. Of these, 42 contingents have traveled to the United States, and nine to Canada. In the latter country, compatriots work in cleaning, painting and agriculture; some companies have already requested Salvadoran labor for construction, frozen products and agriculture.

Little by little, the government is creating strategic alliances with different countries to generate decent jobs. Currently, this State portfolio has acquired a commitment to send the first contingents ofsSalvadorans to Spain and Italy, where they hope to open opportunities in the area of agriculture and other areas.

"The situation of salvadorans in Canada is good, many enjoy a good salary and all the benefits as if they were canadian citizens", said Castro. They enjoy 15 days of vacation, they can come for 3 months to El Salvador after two years of staying in the northern country and, if they prefer, return to work in Canada.