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More Challenges for the Labor Market in 2022

By Paloma Duran | Thu, 11/11/2021 - 17:16

In 2022, the most pressing challenges in the labor market, which should be considered be a priority for the human resources areas will be the advancement of labor flexibility, the demand for better leadership, the attraction of specialized talent and more attention to mental health, said Valeria Moy, General Director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). In addition, Mexico must improve the quality of its jobs and further incorporate women into the economy to close the wage gap.

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A Chatbot to Fight Gender Violence

Technology and lawyers come together to fight violence against women, one of Mexico’s largest social problems. Meet Themis, a chatbot that will channel women and non-binary people from all over the country with legal professionals who will provide the necessary legal advice on gender violence.

Stellantis, UTEQ to Expand Engineering Center

Universidad Tecnológica de Queretaro (UTEQ) and Stellantis announced a joint investment of MX$8 million (US$392,924) to expand Peugeot’s engineering center, specialized in aftermarket services. The project will encourage Querétaro to continue positioning itself as a key industrial hub in the country. "Regions that have a large number of engineers, engineering centers and good universities are usually attractive for FDI. In the coming months, we will see interesting investments in regions that have the best prepared students,” said to MBN Manuel Montoya, President, Automotive Cluster Network.

Private Consumption Continues to Slip

Mexico's economic dynamism has suffered as household consumption of goods and services have fallen for the third consecutive month in August, INEGI reported. This perception of the domestic market could partially explain Mexico's decelerated economic performance after the national economy contracted 1.6 percent during the same month. Experts say that knowing the direct cause of the slowdown is difficult to find out considering it could be attributed to a third wave of COVID-19 cases in Mexico and/or high inflation rates caused by continued supply chain disruptions and increasing input costs.

Wizeline Expands into 10 Additional Cities

Expanding from its central engineering hub in Guadalajara, global technology services provider Wizeline announced plans to deepen its presence in Mexico,  expected to create between 3,000-4,000 local high-paying tech jobs over the next year.

The company has announced four definitive locations that includes  Monterrey, Hermosillo, Aguascalientes and Merida. Once this expansion initiative is complete the company has ambitions to move beyond the country’s southern border into the  Latin American region to meet the increasing demand for nearshore services.

Regulation of Digital Platforms Could Protect Labor Rights         

To guarantee the labor rights of drivers and couriers, Mexican legislators seek to regulate the digital platforms that provide travel or food delivery services, arguing that the new job modalities of the digital economy have denied labor and social security rights. "Making progress  in technology matters and new forms of employment does not have to come with the exclusion from social security, loss of protection and rights," argued Luisa María Alcalde, Head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS).

 

 

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, El Economista
Photo by:   Israel Andrade
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst