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Overall score

Score by Indicator

in 2016 5.4
0 2.5 5 7.5 10

Key drivers

Talent mismatch

A greater imbalance between workers’ skills and those demanded by employers mean it is taking longer to match employers and jobseekers with the right skills.

Overall wage pressure

Overall wage pressure remains low for Brazilian businesses, although real wages are expected to rise slightly this year.

Wage pressure in high-skill industries

The difference between wages in high- and low-skill industries has increased recently, approaching historical norms. This is largely due to wage growth in the services sector.


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View from the ground

Jonathan Sampson, Managing Director, Hays Brazil

Brazil continues to struggle to gain real momentum in its economic recovery; however, we are seeing many causes for increased optimism. Political uncertainty is hampering a much-needed reform agenda but, despite this, progress is being made with a positive GDP quarter for the first time in over two years. This growth is evidenced across a number of industries and is starting to flow through into an increased demand for talent. The further challenge this presents for Brazil is heightened by a complex labour environment and talent mismatch that has the potential to slow down the recovery. As we move further through the year and into next we anticipate there will be increased pressure that flows through into competition for talent.

Jonathan Sampson, Managing Director, Hays Brazil

Country Profile

Brazil’s economy remained in recession throughout 2016, with important implications for the labour market.

The unemployment rate grew for the third year in a row, with one in eight people looking for work being unable to secure an opportunity. The unemployment rate is expected to peak this year, at just over 13 per cent.

Despite this large available pool of potential workers, the rising talent mismatch indicator for Brazil suggests employers may still struggle to find the skills they need.

Key skills in demand

  • Application security specialists
  • Demand planning
  • Plan managers/industrial managers
  • Latam accountant and tax coordinators/managers
  • Sales executives


News and Press Materials

Jonathan Sampson, Managing Director, Hays Brazil