Omicron-Related Sick Leave Worsens Talent ShortageBy Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Wed, 02/02/2022 - 11:37
Just as companies were looking forward to a post-pandemic reality, the Omicron variant came to put 9 percent of Mexico’s workforce on sick leave, thereby compounding an already pronounced labor shortage. Meanwhile, tech companies in the US continue to look to Mexico for talent amid a surge of job openings in the sector. These companies should expect to compete with companies already residing in Mexico.
In international news, two major investor firms look to combine their recent purchases, Citrix and Tibco, to create the world’s largest digital workspace software provider.
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The US cybersecurity talent crunch has encouraged companies to look for professionals in Mexico to fill the nearly 600,000 job openings.
The IMSS has issued over 600,000 sick leave authorizations to employees due to the COVID-19 variant Omicron, representing 9 percent of the Mexican workforce.
Rideshare mobile application Lyft continues growing its Mexico City engineering team, tripling its workforce.
Women’s historical legal and cultural barriers in the mining industry are being broken, opening opportunities for inclusion, agree industry experts.
“While there is still a long road ahead toward gender equality in the mining industry, it is important to acknowledge that change is happening,” said Jennifer Burge, CEO, WorldWise Coaching & Training LLC.
The Mexican Space Agency seeks to broaden its alliances with different local universities to strengthen education, connectivity and social inclusion for the benefit of younger generations.
Elliot Investment and Vista Equity agreed to acquire software marker Citrix Systems for US$13 billion. Citrix will complement the firms previously acquired Tibco Software to create the world’s largest digital workspace software provider.
“Citrix and Tibco provide mission-critical software and services to many the world’s most successful businesses, and we see tremendous value in combining their respective world-class offerings to help companies gather insight from the growing volumes of data generated by the hybrid work economy,” said John Stalder, Managing Director, Vista Equity Partners.