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Skills For Future Program


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 invites qualified persons to fill the following positions.....

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Published: Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

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Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practice


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 February 25th, 26th and March 5th 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the 2nd Floor East, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St Michael.


Interested persons can contact Ms Keisha Corbin at 310-1534 or or Ms Pauline Farnum at 310-1507 or  

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Published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2014

Employees Must Know Their Role In Productivity


Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo encouraged workers to know – and embrace – their role in productivity, during a panel discussion hosted by the Productivity Council at the Princess Margaret Secondary School, Six Roads, yesterday.

Addressing the event’s theme Consulting Workers Towards Improving Employee Productivity in Barbados, the Labour Minister stressed that “Each of us does not have to take on the challenge of rebuilding the whole economy, but the task that is assigned to you, accept that responsibility and do it to the best of your ability.”

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Published: Monday, 10th February, 2014

Labour Department Hosts 6th Annual HIV Awareness Competition


Representatives from both public and private sector agencies will put their knowledge of HIV to the test next week, when the Labour Department hosts its 6th Annual HIV Awareness Competition.

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Published: Monday, 3rd February, 2014

HRD Strategy To Be Promoted At Career Showcase


The Ministry of Labour will take another step towards meeting the goals laid out in the Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy, through its participation in the Guidance Counsellors’ 9th Annual Career Showcase next week.

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Published: Sunday, 5th January, 2014

TECVOC Skills More Than 'Fallback' Option


Technical and vocational (TECVOC) skills are more than a ‘fallback’ option, they are valuable professions.


This was the sentiment shared this morning by those delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the C. Lomer Alleyne Annex, located at the Barbados Vocational Training Board’s (BVTB) Sayes Court site.

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Published: Saturday, 4th January, 2014

HIV Awareness Speech Competition


Getting to ZERO: The HIV Fight Is Not Over!

All Private and Public Sector Employees Are Invited.


Speech Topic: Workplace policies addressing HIV and AIDS will improve the acceptance of people living with HIV at work.

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Published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013

Labour Department


With the Christmas season now in high gear, the Labour Department is reminding employers and employees of some of the rules related to working overtime.


Many shops will be open for extended hours during the festive period and while employees may be expected to work longer hours, persons are reminded that overtime is not compulsory.

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Published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

Safety And Health Reminders


The Occupational Safety and Health Section of the Labour Department is reminding employers and employees of some of the requirements of the Safety and Health at Work (SHaW) Act, which was passed in January this year.


Under the Accidents and Occupational Disease (Notification) Act, Cap 338, all employers are reminded that they must notify the Chief Labour Officer forthwith of every accident arising out of and during the course of employment which results in the injured being away from their normal duties for more than three days.

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Published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Byer Suckoo Says Prevention Better Than Cure


The current economic crisis should not be used as an excuse to neglect occupational safety and health issues in the workplace.


This is the view of Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, who stressed that greater emphasis should be placed on reducing the risks of both physical and psychological workplace hazards.

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Published: Friday, 1st November, 2013

Guidelines for the Agricultural Sector

The Labour Department has released Guidelines for the Agricultural Sector. These guidelines can be used by agricultural enterprises who wish to develop a safety and health policy in compliance with the Safety and Health at Work Act, Cap 356. It is hoped that these guidelines will provide the impetus for the improvement of safety and health practices in this sector.

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Published: Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 101.2 112.8 214.1
Labour Force (000’s) 72.8 68.9 141.7
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 64.8 60.4 125.3
Participation Rate (%)
61.0 66.2
Unemployment Rate (%) 10.9 12.3 11.6
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 30.0 30.7 30.4


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