The Salvadoran government generated more than 60,000 jobs in one year

Labor Minister Rolando Castro toured Canada last week to expand opportunities through the Labor Migration Program, which has so far placed nine contingents of Salvadorans in that nation.

However, Castro said that these actions in order to place Salvadorans in legal positions abroad are not carried out to the detriment of the creation of opportunities internally, and proof of this is the 60,188 jobs that were generated between April 2021 and April 2022.

The more than 60,000 jobs represents a significant increase, compared to past administrations that produced approximately 9,000 to 11,000 jobs annually, according to the official.

«In El Salvador we are working to improve employment sources, and proof of this is that we generate six times more than previous governments,» said the minister.

According to the minister, most of the new positions come from private companies, and the government is promoting the hiring of sectors that in the past were excluded, such as young people between 18 and 21 years of age, people over 40 years of age, and people with disabilities.

The minister stressed that the objective of promoting strategies such as the Labor Migration Program is to reduce irregular migration and the dangers that this entails while working conditions are improved in the country that were not promoted by previous governments.

Regarding the tour in Canada, Castro described it as successful and affirmed that they already have requests for Salvadoran labor for sectors such as agriculture, bakeries, and frozen products, mainly for companies in the Quebec area.

Likewise, he reported on the meeting he held with the largest union in the construction sector of the North American nation, which expressed to the Salvadoran delegation the need for at least 30,000 workers for this item.

The minister pointed out that the team from the Ministry of Labor is already processing Canadian labor applications and recalled that it also has an important negotiation with Italy and Spain for a similar agreement and projected that this year the first contingents will be able to leave for those European nations.