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Labor Climate


El Salvador’s labor force is composed of 3.0 million people, 56% of whom is 40 years or younger. Thus, it offers a highly productive labor force capable of developing new skills in a short period of time. The country’s labor force is qualified as ideal for manufacturing, agro-industrial and service activities. Furthermore, there is a growing population with higher education that can face the challenges of a modern and globalized economy.


The Salvadoran labor force is world-famous for its industriousness, efficiency and work ethic. Established investors describe the country’s labor force as one of the most outstanding in the world:




Higher Education



El Salvador has a good base of technicians and professionals ready to join the country’s productive sectors:




Source: Ministry of Education (2016)


Technical Education


Investors can satisfy their demand for technicians through a pool of institutes specialized in technical education, such as:


  • MEGATEC (Gradual Learning Model of Technical and Technological Education), with locations in La Unión, Chalatenango, Ilobasco, Sonsonate and Zacatecoluca
  • Escuela Superior Franciscana Especializada / AGAPE (Specialized Superior Franciscan School)
  • Escuela Especializada en Ingeniería / ITCA-FEPADE (Specialized Engineering School), with regional centers in Santa Ana and San Miguel
  • Universidad Don Bosco / UDB (Don Bosco University)
  • Escuela Nacional de Agricultura / ENA (National School for Agriculture)


Among the technical careers available, are: Aeronautical Maintenance, Agroindustry with Specialization in Fruits, Vegetables and Grains, Agronomy, Aquaculture, Biomedical, Civil Engineering, Customs and Logistics, Dental Surgery, Electronics, Food Processing and Preparation, Gastronomy, Global Logistics, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Orthoses and Prostheses, Port Management and Operation, Software Development, Tourism and Tourism Development and Management, among others.


On-the-job Training


Companies that need to train their active workers can do so with the aid of the Salvadoran Institute for Professional Formation (INSAFORP, for its acronym in Spanish), an autonomous governmental agency that aims to satisfy the needs for qualified human resources required by the country’s private sector.


Multiple investors have found in INSAFORP an important tool for co-financing, partially or totally, their employees’ professional development.


Actualizado 05/01/2019