Belize’s population has grown in large proportions in the last decade with many immigrants from the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and San Salvador whose inhabitants have seen good opportunities in Belize with the expanding economy due to tourism and agriculture. This population expansion has kept the general wages for basic laborers in check while the talented and qualified Belizeans have been acquiring the better and more demanding jobs.
With English as the national language and with a good literacy rate of 94% throughout the counry, even a higher percentage of native Belizeans are literate, well educated, and ready to handle the more demanding jobs that tourism and professionals require. Additionally, the government’s labor policy is fairly open to allowing very highly qualified foreigners to work in Belize to fill the jobs that Belizeans cannot fill themselves. Furthermore, many qualified Americans and Europeans have immigrated to Belize and have become permanent residents and/or citizens of Belize.
In Belize there are numerous professional contractors to build significant buildings for a hotel, there are plenty of electricians, mechanics, captains, refrigeration professionals, landscapers, engineers, heavy equipment operators etc. to build and maintain the facilities. With the expanded tourism industry there are so many more service oriented professionals to serve guests in many ways compared to the primitive and unprofessional ways that Belizean service industry workers used to service tourists even in the 1990’s. Belize has grown-up tremendously in the tourism industry in just 20 years.