Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora, is pleased with the announcement, thanking PCCI for its confidence in developing this new operation in the country. Mora said, “The announcement of Precision Coating’s new operation is highly relevant to the life sciences ecosystem and the medical device sub-ecosystem; it incorporates a new specialist supplier with great potential to complement the capabilities and functions of other related businesses. Its operation will complement and strengthen these ecosystems with new, sophisticated, and highly technical features. The investment, on its own merits, also brings more job opportunities for Costa Ricans within this company and in this sector. We are honored that they have selected Costa Rica as their site of choice to establish their operations. We wish them success in their business.”
Amazon Costa Rica announced today that they will be hiring 1,500 for new jobs to support the expansion of its operations.
Among the staff being recruited are opportunities in management, business support, finance, software development, and customer service.
A moderate command of the English language will be expected for some of these jobs.
Candidates who are interested can learn more about the available jobs on Amazon’s website or call 2562-9111.
Amazon currently employs more than 4000 at its two locations in San José and in Heredia province. The company expanded operations in Costa Rica in 2008.
Precision Coating (PCCI) will establish its first manufacturing operation outside the United States with a new 14,000 square foot plant in Costa Rica. The new plant will be located in El Coyol, Alajuela, and up and running by the end of July.
PCCI president Robert DeAngelis announced, “Costa Rica presented the best combination of operating cost, workforce talent, and logistical advantages as we considered our options to establish a low-cost manufacturing facility for our rapidly growing company.”
According to the company, Costa Rica has become a regional hub for medical device, biotech, and health care companies with an increasing amount of medical device products being produced there.
This new plant will allow Precision Coating to run highly automated processes and will result in approximately 30 Costa Rican jobs. The new plant will produce fluoropolymer coatings that are used in the medical device field.
The company has already begun hiring for the new plant, for which it will require engineers and technicians specialized in chemistry and basic manufacturing assembly. Interested parties can send their resumes to: Jobs.CostaRica@precisioncoating.com.
Heredia is well-known for free trade zones and the global services industry. However, a lack of road infrastructure investment could halt its growth.
Mayor of Belen, Horacio Alvarado, suggested that restrictions on new construction projects, issued by the country’s Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, are taking their toll. Traffic jams have reportedly hindered the creation of 3,000 jobs in the area’s service sector industry. The Ministry of Public Works imposed the restrictions seeking solutions to traffic chaos, which lengthens the travel time for many commuters in the province.
Belen was in the headlines a 2-3 years ago when Intel closed its factory there. However, traffic congestion was not among the reasons cited for closure. In 2015, Bosch Service Solutions set up a service center in Heredia creating nearly 300 jobs.
According to the latest Employment Outlook Survey from ManpowerGroup, Costa Rica’s hiring outlook for next quarter is mostly stable.
About 15% of Costa Rica employers said they plan to increase staff between July and September. Of these, 78% said they will maintain their staff unchanged. About 6% say they plan layoffs during the next quarter.
Hiring perspectives for next quarter are down 2% compared to current quarter and down 1% compared to last year.
Guanacaste was the only province reporting negative hiring expectations for the upcoming quarter. One (1) percent more employers plan to lay people off than those planning to hire new workers there. Major construction projects and the arrival of new foreign companies in Cartago and Alajuela provinces suggest job creation is moving outside the San José capital.
Nearly 25% of employers surveyed in Cartago and 20% in Alajuela said they plan to hire new employees in the near future. Those provinces show the highest hiring expectations in the country.
Still, local analysts believe the country’s economic growth is insufficient to reduce the unemployment rate, currently at 9.5 percent, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census.
Last Sunday (June 19) at the National Technical University in Alajuela, second lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden met with girls studying science and technology. Biden is spending the week meeting with officials, teachers, students and private sector leaders to promote equal opportunities for boys and girls.
Costa Rica will be the first country in Central America to host a pilot program, using after-school programs and teacher training to close the gap between boys and girls in STEM.
“Costa Rica is a leader in Latin America in ensuring that women and girls have access to a quality education and equal opportunities,” Biden told the audience promoting the issue.
Many people think they can move to Costa Rica and work part-time to supplement their pension. With a few exceptions you can’t work in Costa Rica without getting legal permanent residency first. The country does not allow non-resident foreigners to work as employees. Employment laws are designed to protect local workers by preventing foreigners from performing jobs that a Tico or permanent resident expat might do.
To work in Costa Rica you need to be a permanent resident. With other residency such as rentista (investor) or pensionado (retired), you can own a business but you cannot work in the business (your activity is limited to managing the business). Instead you will need to hire Costa Ricans or permanent residents for the labor.
There are a few exceptions. Highly-skilled people working in a certain field might be one. An employer can apply for a work permit, usually for up to one year. The Ministry of Labor (Ministerio de Trabajo) maintains a list of professionals and skilled labor that it seeks from time to time.
Here’s a good exception for non-resident expats — work online for a company in your home country. If you are physically living in Costa Rica but work online for an employer outside its border, the work is likely legal as long as payment comes from there and your work is unrelated to Costa Rica. This might include writing, IT consulting, web design, translation, and sales/telemarketing, creating a virtual business or online drop-shipping company. When in doubt, consult a local attorney. Better still? Apply for and obtain legal residency.