Department of Employment

The Department of Employment is responsible for matters appertaining to employment as provided under the Employment Act and other subsidiary employment legislation. Employment related issues are multiple and varied and consequently this is reflected in the Department’s functions. Assisting the registered unemployed find employment, maintaining a comprehensive employment database, ensuring employment law enforcement, coupled with providing a general employment information resource service to its various ‘client groups’, constitute the day to day functions of the Department.

To this effect, the Department of Employment is composed of various sections as follows:

The Employment Service Section offers a Job Centre facility to persons registering as unemployed; its main function is to ensure that all registered unemployed persons are provided with every possible opportunity that will enable them to secure suitable employment.

The Registration Unit keeps due registration of all ‘businesses, trades and professions’. Every person who has a place of business in Gibraltar or who carries on business in Gibraltar is required to be duly registered. Similarly, an employer must notify the engagement of a worker and any variations to the terms of engagement of that worker. Employers must likewise register any vacancy arising within their establishment and notify the termination of employment of an employee.

The Work Permits Unit administers the applications of work permits by persons who are not entitled to work in Gibraltar, e.g. non-EEA nationals.

The Labour Inspectorate is responsible for the enforcement of statutory provisions contained in the Employment Act and subsidiary legislation. For this purpose, a team of appointed labour inspectors are empowered in law to issue fixed penalty notices for failure by an employer to register the engagement of a new employee, or a termination of employment, or to register a vacancy.

The Labour Inspectors constitute a valuable source of information to employers and employees alike as regards due compliance with rights and obligations as set by employment legislation.

The Health and Safety Inspectorate is responsible for the enforcement of the provision of the Factories Act and subsidiary legislation. The Inspectorate’s primary function is to ensure that work places comply with statutory provisions in relation to prescribed health and safety standards.

The Health and Safety Inspectorate is further empowered to investigate accidents occurring at a place of work, with investigations sometimes leading to prosecutions. The Health and Safety Officers constitute a valuable source of information to employers and employees alike as regards due compliance with rights and obligations as set by health and safety legislation.