Q. I am having trouble finding information about the labor conditions in Paraguay.
The Library has a lot of helpful resources about business in other countries listed in our International Business research guide .
If you go to that page, you will see one called “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" found under the International Business Law, Contracts, and Human Rights box under the Country Resources tab. Go into that resource, select the most current year, then select your country. Go down to the bottom of your selected country’s report, then page up a little and look for “Section 7 Worker Rights.” This section includes information on minimum wage and acceptable conditions of work, plus more.
The other resource I would recommend most highly is called Doing Business: Benchmarking Business Regulations, and it is listed on the page. When you go into it, you’ll see 2 drop down search boxes in the middle of the page. Click on the drop-down box, “Select an economy,” and then choose your country. On the resulting screen, download the country profile, and find the information on employing workers. Here you will find information that will give you more detail on how many hours people can work, difficulty of firing them, etc.
For the skilled vs. unskilled aspect, you won’t find an answer that phrases the information exactly that way. However, the CIA World Factbook provides a couple of statistics you can use to provide the answer. You can find it listed under the first tab of the guide I referred you to above. Once you get into it, look up the country you are researching in the drop-down country box. The most helpful statistic will be under the “Economy” section. See “Labor Force – by Occupation.” You can assume that the agricultural portion of the labor force is unskilled, and that the industry and service portions are skilled. The size of the labor force is also listed, so you could come up with numbers by using these two statistics. If you wanted to see how that compares to other countries, you could pick out a few, and look at the same statistics for them.