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Labour Seminars


Please be informed that the Labour Department in continuing its outreach programme will be hosting Labour Seminars to discuss ‘Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice’ on March 24th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St Michael.



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Published: Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

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Call For Papers


As part of the celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Labour Department, in collaboration with stakeholders, will be hosting a series of symposia on the life and work of six (6) of Barbados’ National Heroes identified as National Heroes of Labour.

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Published: Tuesday, 20th January, 2015

Labour Department Celebrating 75 Years


From universal adult suffrage, to the establishment of a full ministerial government and the active labour movement which has characterised this country, Barbadians must be cognisant of the significant role which the Labour Department has played in the reform and transformation of Barbados over the past 75 years.

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Published: Tuesday, 20th January, 2015

Labour Minister's Statement On Unemployment Fund


The Barbados National Insurance Scheme (NIS) currently covers all employed and self-employed persons in Barbados and offers five main types of social security benefits from three separate funds.

The National Insurance Fund covers short-term benefits, long-term benefits or pensions and employment injury benefits, while the Unemployment Fund and Severance Fund cover unemployment benefits and severance payments, respectively.

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Published: Thursday, 8th January, 2015

HIV Awareness Drama Competition


"HIV and YOU: In de Workplace Too. Not Just a Health Issue!"


All employees are invited to participate.


Dramatic presentations may be presented as Monologues (1 actor) or Group Presentations (no more than 3 persons)


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Published: Tuesday, 6th January, 2015

National Employment Policy of Barbados


The National Employment Policy of Barbados has been prepared with the ultimate intention of ensuring that workers in Barbados have access to full, productive and freely chosen employment. It therefore charts a pathway for the moulding of an environment that embraces the decent work concept.

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Published: Thursday, 20th November, 2014

Entrepreneurship Key To Stimulating Economy


Entrepreneurship can easily become the key to Government’s plan in facilitating employment creation and stimulating the economy in Barbados.

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Published: Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

Early Career Development Can Boost Productivity


Career development is one of the key factors that can inspire a country’s citizens to become productive and motivated.

This was one of the messages shared by General Manager of CHOICES Career and Education Advice, Angela deFreitas, as she addressed students and guidance counsellors from various secondary schools about the benefits of career development, at a training workshop held recently at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

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Published: Wednesday, 12th November, 2014

Ministry Keen On More Job Opportunities


“Although Barbados has a very large diaspora in the UK, we have not seen enough collaboration between these two territories where labour is concerned.” 


This from Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, as she met with Barbados’ new High-Commissioner-Designate to the United Kingdom (UK), Reverend Guy Hewitt, at a courtesy call on Wednesday at her Warrens office. 

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Published: Thursday, 25th September, 2014

Conference To Discuss Regional Labour Concerns


Delegates from 22 countries across the Americas gathered yesterday in Barbados to address some of the most pressing issues facing labour in the Hemisphere. 

Hosted by the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL from its Spanish acronym) in collaboration with the Organisation of American States (OAS), the series of meetings run until Friday, September 19, at Hilton Barbados. 

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Published: Thursday, 18th September, 2014

Key Trends And Developments In The Barbados Labour Market Part II:- The Gender Perspective


Welcome to the second component of the Ministry’s review of the Barbados Labour Market. As with our first series Key Trends and Developments in the Barbados Labour Market”, the aim of the Ministry through this exercise, is to provide readers with an understanding as to some of the key labour related trends and developments. Here again for each variable, graphs are provided along with the corresponding labour market statistics. For this exercise however, the write-up for each labour market statistic is reviewed according to gender.

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Published: Wednesday, 23rd July, 2014

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 101.3 112.9 214.2
Labour Force (000’s) 72.9 70.0 142.9
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 64.4 61.9 126.2
Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 72.0 62.0 66.7
General Unemployment Rate (%) 11.7 11.6 11.6
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 27.9 32.6 30.0




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