Labor woes: Factors to finding work in Quintana Roo

Cancun, Q.R. – More than 20,000 jobs are offered annually in the state of Quintana Roo, however, only 4,000 of those jobs are aimed at people over the age of 36.

People over the age of 36 are classified as being in the second and third ages of the labor sector, narrowing down employment options considerably.

“There are jobs for all”, said the director of State Employment Service and Training for Work (Seecat), Enrique González Contreras. But each age has its advantages and difficulties that must be resolved before getting a formal job in the state.

State statistics show the minimum amount of time it takes to find a job is one month, however, those in the second and third ages average more than one year before being placed with a company.

Of the total employment in Quintana Roo, 51 percent of people work in the hotel sector and focus on customer service, maid jobs, receptionists and maintenance positions, among other hotel-related services.

The second sector, which is the food and drink industry, employs about 25 percent of the state’s population. People employed in this field work as waiters and other restaurant service positions, while 24 percent of people are engaged in trades and sales and work mostly in the central municipalities.

In the state of Quintana Roo, Seecat says the ‘working age’ is deemed those aged 18 to 35. This age group occupies approximately 80 percent of all job vacancies in the state. This particular working age group are outfitted with an undergraduate education and often fill general manager, supervisor and senior executive positions and are first choice for most local employers.

This group of young workers increase their chances of filling a job if they have an additional language other than English. In Quintana Roo, the most sought after additional languages are French, German and Mandarin Chinese.

The second group of working age are people between 35 and 54. This group occupies about 18 percent of employment vacancies offered in the state. In this group, 76 percent are women choosen to fill positions such as operational and customer service, while men in this working age group fill executive and managerial positions, although often experiencing stiff competition from their younger male counterparts.

People over the age of 55 — categorized as seniors by Seecat — occupy only 2 percent of the labor exchange in Quintana Roo. Although this group is seen as being the most responsible, experienced and committed to the company, they often have generation clashes with workers younger than themselves and tend to suffer from physical exhaustion from specific activities.

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