Stage of three 2013 Confederations Cup matches and another six 2014 FIFA World Cup games, Belo Horizonte (capital city of the state of Minas Gerais) experiences a significant drive in its economy. Until halfway through 2012, building works related to the 2014 World Cup have already generated 14.3 thousand jobs and the number tends to increase.
The Indepedência stadium, probable official training centre for national teams, has generated one thousand jobs. At the Mineirão, over 2,700 builders are at work; at the airport, 600; the roadway related construction endeavours are keeping 2 thousand people busy and 8 thousand are working at hotel building sites.
According to the Ministry of Labour’s General Registry of Employed and Unemployed (CAGED), in May the state of Minas Gerais was in second place in relation to the creation of formal jobs in the country. The service sector was the highlight of the first half of the year, being responsible for 68,175 new jobs in the whole state, followed by retail with 43,950 and civil construction, which hired 35,395 workers.
For the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants (ABRASEL), we are seeing a moment of a lot of job offers and a lack of labour. “The best indicator is the several signs in the window of bars and restaurants saying ‘wanted’", says Lucas Pêgo, ABRASEL executive director.
According to Pêgo, there are 7,000 vacancies in Belo Horizonte, between cooks, kitchen assistants, pastry chefs, sweets chef, waiters, sommeliers and administrative assistants.
Currently, the food service trade sector employs 72 thousand people in 20 thousand companies in the state capital city, the biggest per capita number of this sector in Brazil. “We can already see business people investing in training. And this is going to increase until the World Cup, because business people from Minas Gerais have noticed that they will have a customer used to quality service and venues", says Pêgo.
“The expectation is for more jobs to be generated, not just because of investments that are being made by the government, but also by the private initiative in the hotel, bar, restaurant and service sectors", said the secretary of Economic Development of the state of Minas Gerais, Dorothea Werneck.