In August 2015, the Institute of Social and Technical Cooperation, Inc. (INCOTESI) published a study on the demand for human resources in the Dominican Republic. The sample consisted of 383 companies (4.8% of total nationally registered companies by the Integrated Labor Registry – SIRLA), located in the main provinces, representing the regions North, South, East and Capital.
The study focuses on the current domestic demand for human resources and its technical profiles in the base and middle levels of the occupational pyramid, specifically in formal enterprises engaged in production of goods and services, i.e., identifying what desired new staff hiring profiles companies are looking for.
Main results of the research are the following:
- According to the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, during the period from January to September 2014, the Dominican economy experienced a growth of 8.1%, as measured by the real change of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (reference year 2007).
- In contribution to real added value, the following areas of activity are to be highlighted: Construction (15.3%), Trade (10.5%), Finance (8.7%), Transportation and Storage (6.2%), Education (9.6%), Agriculture (5.8%), Local Manufacturing (5.4%) and Hotels and Restaurants (5.0%). These activities account for 76.4% of 2014 GDP.
- In 2014 there were 4.2 million people employed in the three major sectors of the Dominican economy (Industrial, Agricultural and Service).
- The largest contributors to overall employment over the last five years are the following subgroups within the three major sectors of the economy: Agriculture, Trade in Wholesale and Retail, and Hotels, Bars and Restaurants. New jobs created were 18, 17, 11, and 11 thousand jobs per year, respectively.
- The economically active or "with a job" population is 4.9 million people. This represents 57.3% of the working age population (between 15 and 65 years). That is, 57.3% of people that can work have a job.
- A total of 25% of the employed population is young, between the ages of 15 and 20 years. Each year, about 160,000 new people enter the workforce, mostly young people.
- Close to 75% of the employed population did not reach college. Nonetheless, the percentage of unemployed people with the same level of study (below university) is much greater.
- 75% of surveyed companies expect their operations to grow in subsequent years, and 95% of them say they currently have vacancies available.
For more information, reference the physical study by the same name, written by Oscar Amargós (Coordinator), Douglas Hasbún and Julio Pérez Ogando, INCOTESI.
Together with Entrena, other institutions that facilitated the study were: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Foundation INICIA, Entrepreneurship for Technical Education (IEET), EDUCA, NEO, Inter-American Development Bank (BID), and the Multilateral Investment Fund (OMIN).
On the occasion of International Youth Day, was held "the second Alerta Joven fair for Employment and Entrepreneurship", which sponsored the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its project Alerta Joven. This activity was attended by 135 young people, who presented 50 business plans.
The Fair aims to recognize, on one stage, entrepreneurial ideas, through micro business plans prepared by young participants. Also recognizing the commitment, creativity and vision of young entrepreneurs, which translates into income generation to improve their personal, professional, family and social welfare.
The fair had the support of the Vice President of the Dominican Republic, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Youth, United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), and Plastbag Banreservas.
About Alerta Joven:
The three main results of Alerta Joven are: (1) Improve the policy of youth protection in practice, (2) Opportunities for young people to become productive citizens, through increased education, job placement and health services, and (3) Development of a system for youth that incorporates technical, innovative solutions to reduce crime through multidisciplinary groups, and the creation of public-private partnerships to support and promote.
Project Alerta Joven, executed by Entrena, SA, operates primarily in urban environments in seven provinces that make up the "Duarte Corridor", including the municipalities of Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, Los Alcarrizos, San Francisco de Macoris, Santiago and Puerto Plata, distributed in two ages groups: 11 to 17 years and 18 to 24, with gender equality.
We are proud to announce that we have published the first edition of the Alerta Joven newsletter Boletín Alerta.
We’ve taken into account the great interest that has been shown both internally and externally of the project for the work that we’ve done since its inception. This bimonthly newsletter is intended to be a tool of dissemination of recent activities, as well as those that will take place in the future.
The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, issued a presidential mandate for the construction of a comprehensive care center in Ciudad del Niño following a request made by Attorney General Dominguez Brito in September 2013, who pushed for a facility for young adolescents in conflict with the law. It’s now the largest facility of its kind in the country.
Attorney General of the Republic, Francisco Dominguez Brito, led the inauguration of the Center Comprehensive Care for Adolescents in Conflict with the Law, located in Ciudad del Niño. The center has a holding capacity of 150 inmates who will receive broad services including social rehabilitation, life skills development, job training and medical care.
Saschia Seibel, Director of Entrena’s Alerta Joven project, Elisane Alemar from USAID, and Silvia Viñals of IDDI (Alerta Joven’s implementing partner), were all in attendance of the ceremony and are shown in the group shot.
A heartfelt testimony was given by Alerta Joven’s 18-year-old program participant, Gabriel Mena, who shared how his life has been impacted since he began participating in the youth development project.
Delivering the keynote speech to conclude the event, Dominguez Brito, highlighted the efforts to improve the rehabilitation system for children and adolescents involved in conflict. He also stressed the importance of projects such as Alerta Joven, emphasizing the benefits of Alerta Joven’s “SuperCamp” program for young inmates. The program was conducted in July 2014 as part of a rehabilitation program that worked to successfully reintegrate juveniles back into society.