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Request for Expressions of Interest Consultancy Services to Design and Implement an Integrated Agricultural and Fisheries Knowledge Management System


The Government of Barbados (GOB), through the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development (MLSD), is currently implementing the Barbados Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy with the assistance of the European Union (EU).  The overall objective is to support the Government of Barbados in its efforts to increase international competitiveness, promote sustainable growth and poverty alleviation. Specifically, the outcome is to provide a framework for strengthening human resource and skills development, while improving the employability and overall productivity of Barbadians.

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Published: Monday, 29th August, 2016

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Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice


The Labour Department, in its continuing effort to promote a greater degree of labour-management cooperation, will be hosting a seminar to discuss ‘Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice’. 



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Published: Thursday, 9th June, 2016

New Numbers For The Ministry of Labour


The Ministry of Labour has changed its telephone numbers. The new numbers include the PBX of the Ministry of Labour 535-1400, the Labour Department 535-1500 and the National Employment Bureau 535-1535. 

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Published: Wednesday, 11th May, 2016

The Employment Rights Act - 2012


This Act confers on employed persons, new employment rights.  Among the rights provided for is a right to a statutory minimum amount of notice of termination for both employers and employees.

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Published: Wednesday, 27th April, 2016

Government of Barbados/ Inter-American Development Bank Loan Agreement 2739/OC-BA Skills for the Future Program- Digitization of the Labour Department


The Government of Barbados through the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation has been granted a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank for the overall management and support of the Skills for the Future Program. The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation now invites qualified Individual Consultant for the following consultancy:

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Published: Friday, 22nd April, 2016

Job Seekers and Career Guidance Manual


Welcome to the Job Seekers and Career Guidance Manual of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development. This document has been prepared with the intention of providing guidance to students, career planners and job seekers, as they seek to enter the world of work. This document was originally published by the Ministry in 1993, but has been updated to be more relevant of today’s modern and dynamic work environment. The need to obtain and retain employment is a critical aspect of the lives of practically all adults throughout the world and consequently, the Ministry is of the view that the collection of jobs and career-oriented information must be disseminated to the general public.

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Published: Monday, 4th April, 2016

Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice


The Labour Department, continues to promote labour management cooperation with its Seminar Series entitled “Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice” by hosting two (2) half-day Seminars.


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Published: Wednesday, 17th February, 2016

National Conference On Entrepreneurship


As part of its Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy, the Ministry of Labour will host a National Conference on Entrepreneurship and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), from Tuesday, February, 2 to Wednesday, February, 3. 

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Published: Thursday, 28th January, 2016

Labour Department


An essay competition was conceptualized as a part of the Labour Department’s commemoration of 75 years of service to our nation in 2015. This competition was launched in both private and public schools at both the primary and secondary levels during September and October of the first term of the school year.

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Published: Friday, 22nd January, 2016

Exploring Career Options At National Showcase


Secondary school students from across the island got a glimpse of future career choices, when they attended the Barbados Association of Guidance Counsellors’ (BAGC) 11th National Careers Showcase.

Held recently at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, the showcase featured several display booths where students could interact with the facilitators and learn about the responsibilities and functions of each career.

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Published: Wednesday, 20th January, 2016

Draft Summary of the Safety and Health at Work Act, Cap 356


The Labour Department has published a draft Summary of the Safety and Health at Work Act, Cap 356. It is hoped that this  guide will  help employers and employees better understand the objectives of the Safety and Health at Work (SHAW) Act and their corresponding responsibilities. The guide is intended for the use of all who have an interest in safety, health and welfare. It seeks to assist in the day-to-day application of the Act by providing a simplified version of its provisions.


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Published: Tuesday, 15th December, 2015

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 106.1 116.1 222.2
Labour Force (000’s) 72.9 71.6 144.6
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 63.9 64.3 128.2
Labour Force Participation Rate (%) 68.7 61.7 65.1
General Unemployment Rate (%) 12.3 10.3 11.3
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 31.6 32.7 32.1




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