Desde la ciudad de New York y con la participacion de distintos lideres y directivos en Colombia, la organizacion Concordia realizo un caso de estudio acerca de la problematica que vive la juventud en Colombia y las pocas oportunidades en un entorno altamente competitivo.
Como invitado especial para este estudio asistio el empresario Carlos Mayorga, quien desde su perspectiva considera la economia informal uno de los principales retos en los que deben trabajar de la mano el sector privado y el gobierno. Apartes de la entrevista:
From the private sector’s perspective, the informal economy impedes businesses’ ability to hire and retain workers. In general, worker turnover is considered part of the cost of doing business. However, the magnitude of worker turnover, and thus the magnitude of the associated costs, increases in the presence of the informal economy.
Carlos Mayorga, a successful entrepreneur and the head of Global Blue Hydros, explains that “You can make $3,000 a year in a formal job, or you can make that in six months in an informal industry. There’s just no competition.” While some informal jobs are personal employment (such as housekeepers or drivers), many come from larger companies that can offer higher wages because they do not pay taxes and are not held to the same safety and working conditions that formal employers are. Some of these employers are illegal narco-traffickers, but others are in legal industries such as oil. In the northern coastal regions, for example, large oil companies offer local men the cash equivalent of a
year’s salary for six months of labor. These workers are unemployed the rest of the year, waiting for the company to return the following year.