Local December 20, 2021 | 9:33 am

There is a labor shortage in Santiago

Low wages force many to become entrepreneurs.

Santiago, DR

The skilled labor shortage prompts many people to pay others to help locate plumbers, electricians, painters, and other workers who perform skilled trades.

Entrepreneurs say that finding a plumber, refrigerator, electrician, air conditioning technician is an odyssey in Santiago.

They argue that people with technical careers are in great demand in companies because few are. Others, however, decide to work independently.

The president of the Santiago Business and Industrial Association (Acis), Sandy Filpo, said the situation is dire.

He explained that the Government, through the different polytechnics and other schools, should increase the technical professional training of young people and advocate for universities to review their curricula and at the same time establish teaching careers according to the needs of the market.

Filpo highlighted the work being done by the Professional Technical Institute (Infotep) in training but revealed that this institution prepares people who are employed.

According to Filpo, although many polytechnics are working, the Government should make intermediate education more technical so that young people finish their high school degrees with trades currently scarce in the labor market.


In Santiago, it is notorious for observing graduates of universities working as delivery, salespeople, visitors to doctors, dependents of pharmacies, stores, supermarkets.

Several months ago in Licey Al Medio, in Santiago, unknown persons killed a lawyer who worked as security in a company.

The most moving case is a man who studied law and now shines shoes and takes care of vehicles near Santiago’s Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia parish.

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Paul Tierney
December 20, 2021 10:22 am

Trades should begin to be taught at 7th – 8th grade levels to acquaint students of possibilities. There are many many workers, one day they are a carpenter, next day a plumber, and so on. They are not proficient. The country should have educational options to fill the need for trained tradesmen.

Alberto martinez
December 20, 2021 4:01 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Theres plenty of professionals, the thing is most construction sites dont want to pay the fair price of the Expertise, you see Dominicans building up the whole caribbean from Engineers to plumbers

Paul Tierney
December 20, 2021 4:33 pm

There may be plenty of professionals. However, these professionals are soft on responding to small jobs for home improvement or repair matters., They want the big money. Hence the reason why there are so many semiskilled or unskilled tradesmen filling the gap at half the costs quoted by professionals but coming with a tradeoff of poor quality of performance. If there are enough skilled tradesmen coming from schools the trades labor field will expand and costs will be leveled to the point where work quality hopefully has no choice but to improve..

December 21, 2021 8:23 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

You ignore the 800 pound gorilla…Haitian labor…

December 20, 2021 5:11 pm

Get more hatians…they work all day for 600 pesos…margins are spectacular…;))