The labor market in Argentina
Since the economic crisis of 2001, the Argentine economy has seriously improved. Several years of sustained economic growth have permitted the country to resume its development.
Nevertheless, unemployment and job insecurity remain high in the country, and illegal work and immigration are recurrent problems. Many Argentines still live below the poverty line.
However, Argentina lack of skilled workers in several sectors of its economy such as information, automobile, new technologies, biology and IT industries. Argentina is therefore less reluctant to open its labor market to many foreign engineers and technicians, especially if they are highly qualified and fluent in Spanish. Employment opportunities are also to be found in foreign languages teaching jobs (French, English and Portuguese) and in tourism. Food-processing industries and agriculture also have high employment potential and shouldn't be overlooked.
As far as unskilled jobs are concerned, competition is much more fierce amongst foreign workers and South American illegal immigrants, and employment opportunities are almost non-existent.
Working conditions in Argentina:
In Argentina, the minimum wage was set at 1 250 pesos per month in 2008 (approximately € 230). The legal working time is set at 48 hours per week maximum. Artgentine employees are granted 14 days of vacation per year during the first 5 years of employment, then 21 days between 5 and 10 years in employment, 28 days between the 10 and 20 years in employment, and 30 days beyond the 20 year in employment.
Franco-Argentine Chamber of Commerce
Argentine Ministry of Labor
British-Argentine Chamber of Commerce
American-Argentine Chamber of Commerce
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