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The recruits will join the other 100 employees that the company currently has in their facilities in Heredia Province.
 -  Minister of Foreign Trade photo -

U.S. brokerage firm opens jobs in Costa Rica

Published Wednesday, April 28, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Florida-based TradeStation, an online securities and futures brokerage firm and trading technology company,  is seeking 100 new hires in Costa Rica.

The recruits will join the other 100 employees that the company currently has in their facilities in Heredia Province.  Candidates can apply for positions such as systems engineering, software development, and other areas related to information technology. Those interested in applying to one of these open positions should visit  the firm Careers site.

The firm offers online trading technology and electronic brokerage services to individual and institutional traders, both in the U.S. and around the world.

“Our Costa Rica office has supported company growth over the years. The quality of our employees, both on a professional level, as well as their technical knowledge on securities and their commitment to strong performance, has been key to the company's development," said Maria Hodgson, Senior Manager of TradeStation.    "Our Costa Rican personnel have shown professional development in the nine years we've been in the country.”

The establishment of U.S. companies in Costa Rica continues to increase. TradeStation is the fifth U.S. firm offering jobs in the country in April alone.

Last week, Los Angeles-based Byte, a company in the life sciences industry dedicated to producing orthodontic medical devices, announced that it will hire 150 more employees in Costa Rica due to the growth of its local operations.
Byte launched its Costa Rican operations in Heredia, in June 2019. It currently has more than 250 employees and expects to hire more during 2021.

On April 14,  the San Francisco-based Gensler, a global design and architecture firm, announced it is hiring more staff for its offices in Costa Rica.
According to the firm, they will hire 44 new employees to work on a range of projects, from the design of new cities to renovations at two of New York's major airports.
On April 13,  Viant, a life sciences company based out of Massachusetts, announced a major expansion at its medical device manufacturing plant located in Heredia Province.
According to the company, it is investing in additional capacity to meet market demand for surgical devices, including electromechanical devices. The expansion will benefit all their potential customers who seek speedy access to acquire complex medical devices.
On April 7,  the Wisconsin-based company SMC, a global contract manufacturer for the medical, diagnostics and pharmaceutical markets, announced the expansion of its facility in Costa Rica.

SMC currently employs over 200 people in Costa Rica and will be hiring additional workers. The company manufactures complete design, molding services, and finished devices for the medical, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical industries. 

According to the Minister of Foreign Trade in 2020, the services sector created 81,371 jobs. However, despite the high numbers announced by the ministry, the Employment Survey, from December 2020 to February 2021, shows an unemployment rate of 18.5%, meaning there are 452,000 people without registered jobs in the country.
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