The government of President Nayib Bukele plans to expand the catalog of job opportunities for Salvadorans during 2023, both locally and internationally.
In this sense, the head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MTPS), Rolando Castro, assured in a morning interview that during the recent tour he carried out in Mexico, he raised with his counterpart the possibility of including that nation among the destinations of the Program Labor Migration.
«I managed to hold a meeting with the Secretary of Labor of Mexico, with whom we touched on the Labor Migration Program so that Salvadorans can work in that country. We are reviewing and fine-tuning the salary points as well as the benefits,” she said.
The official assured that among the items where nationals could work in the North American nation are the agricultural sector, services, and industry.
Likewise, Castro pointed out that other issues related to the situation of Salvadoran migrants in Mexico were discussed at the meeting.
«We discussed that the returned migrant can obtain a formal job in Mexico; we also propose an entrepreneurial approach for those who wish to start a business. We are going to work on that with the Secretary of Labor,” he said.
At the same time, he reported that he also met with representatives of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security to promote an improvement in the working conditions of compatriots who already have regular jobs in that territory.
“There are Salvadoran workers in Mexico on a regular basis, and some do not have access to social security. There is a commitment to include these Salvadorans in social security by the Ministry of Labor of that country. I also met with the Inter-American Conference on Social Security,” he said.
On the other hand, the official indicated that they are “finishing the last details” to send contingents of national workers to Spain and Italy, as a result of the tour he carried out last year in Europe.
The government has had the Labor Mobility Program in force since 2019, which has made it possible to hire more than 3,600 people to travel and work temporarily in the United States and Canada in areas such as food processing, hotels, construction, and event staging, among others.
Castro also announced that, in the coming weeks, the second contingent of this year will leave for Canada, where they will work for two years with benefits and competitive salaries.