only two out of every hundred companies are looking to hire staff

only two out of every hundred companies are looking to hire staff

The data comes from the Labor Indicators Survey (EIL) prepared monthly by the Ministry of Labor.

The last report presented -corresponding to February of this year- showed that 95.2% of companies plan to maintain their staff, the 2.5% are analyzing layoffs and only 2.3% are evaluating hiring new workers.

The study focuses only on companies with 10 or more workers, so micro-businesses and smaller SMEs are not included.

If historical data is analyzed, it is found that the proportion of companies that are thinking about increasing their staff dose is the lowest in the last decade.

Taking the months of February as a reference, last year, for examplethe number of companies that planned to add new labor was practically double (4.1%).

In years with a different economic scenario, such as 2017 and 2018, the percentage of firms with the intention of hiring new personnel has exceeded 10%.

Employment: which employees are still wanted

The search fee (2.3%) can be broken down into four parts, depending on the level of qualification required.

Those who have the best opportunities at this moment are the “unskilled” workers, which have a search rate of 3%; are followed by technical (1.5%), operational (1.4%) and finally professionalswhose search rate is just 0.9%.

In addition, of the total searches, the 81.5% is for indistinct sex, 12.8% requires yes or yes from women and only 5.7% requires male employees.

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Those who have the best opportunities at this time are “unskilled” workers

Dismissals without cause: what the report says

Another fact that shows a worrying scenario for the labor market is the proportion of dismissals without cause.

According to the EIL, of the total number of people who lost their jobs in February, 12.6% suffered dismissals without any justification.

This is the highest number for that time of year from 2020 to today. For example, it exceeds 10% in February 2023 and 5.2% in the same month of 2022.

Meanwhile, the proportion of dismissals with just cause jumped from 2.7% in 2023 to 4.5% in 2024, while resignations fell from 60.2% to 53.4%.

Source: Ambito

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