Report reveals 42.5% of companies had difficulty finding suitable candidates to fill vacancies

The Dominican Government made available to the public the results of the 2020 National Survey for the Detection of Needs for Skills and Qualifications in Employment (ENDHACE), which identifies the skills gap in the personnel of Dominican companies, the barriers that these they face to recruit trained personnel and the strategies they implement to solve this situation.

This study, carried out by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development and the National Statistics Office (ONE), with the collaboration of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), the European Union (EU) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) through the PROETP II Program, intends to provide reliable information on the employment situation and the skill requirements of workers in formal companies in the ten main branches of economic activity in the Dominican Republic for the year 2020: exploitation of mines and quarries, manufacturing industries, electricity supply, water supply, construction, agriculture, trade, transportation and storage, accommodation and food activities, as well as information and communications.

Among the results of the ENDHACE 2020, the main obstacles that affect the operations of formal employer companies are presented. In this regard, 25.0% indicated that the main obstacle is the tax burden, while 14.7% stated that they were the competitors of the informal sector, 11.2% the cost and availability of electricity and 9.7% staff with a low academic level.

The report indicates that, at the time of the survey, 70.7% of the companies stated that they had had vacancies in the last 12 months, of which 42.5% indicated that they had had difficulties finding suitable candidates to fill the vacancies.

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