HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 12 (ACN) Encouraging signs when resizing the business sector and remote work stood out in the analysis of the Checkup of the Employment, Salary and Social Security Program, led by Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero.
Cuba began 2020 with an increase in the employment rate for the second consecutive year, with growth of 102,520 new workers.
At the governmental meeting, the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Marta Elena Feitó, pointed out that the country reached the figure of 4,585,220 workers, of whom 3,078,547 work in the state sector (67%); and 1,506,673 in the non-state sector (33%), according to the website of the Presidency of the Republic.
Another commendable aspect, she noted, has been the increase in the activity rate by 1.4%, with which the nation reached the figure of 65.2% in this indicator, which relates the number of economically active people with the total number of citizens in working age.
It was also known that the structure of employees who work in the budgeted (48%) and business (52%) sectors is maintained; relationship that must be modified from the resizing of the business sector, process outlined as part of the economic strategy and social development of the country and a future stage of improvement of the organisms of the Central State Administration.
During these months of the COVID-19 pandemic, one option that has been unavoidable as part of the necessary social isolation has been teleworking, Feitó said.
The minister stated that administrations began to become aware of the usefulness and necessity of this modality; however, she commented, subjective problems persist that prevent the initial results from being maintained. "There are still many bosses who do not want to do without the physical presence of the worker," she added.
From the total of 624,978 Cubans in the modality of remote work by the end of June, there are only 334,779 at the end of September (11% of all workers in the state sector).
In this regard, it was recognized that objective factors such as the lack of technological infrastructure to work from home, an issue in which progress will be made with compliance with cybersecurity regulations and correct treatment of information that is classified, were factors that negatively affected this process.