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Department of Employment

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Department of Employment

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About the Department

Through a variety of functions, the Department of Employment is responsible for the multiple and diverse employment related issues associated with the labour market. Assisting the registered unemployed to find employment, maintaining a comprehensive employment database, ensuring relevant law enforcement is carried out and providing a resource for general employment information to various client groups all constitute the operations of the various units of the Department. A general resumé of the work each of these units is provided here and each of the offices may be directly contacted for further or specific information. Unit 76/77 New Harbours Gibraltar
 Tel: (350) 20011000
 Fax: (350) 20073981

Instructions for online registration

  • Print required forms from website
  • Complete as required and send to the ETB as follows:
    • (1) by email (scan first) to
    • (2) forward original signed documents to the Department of Employment with a cover note advising that these documents have already been sent via email
  • Employers and employees copy of the form will be sent back via email to employer

Employment Service

The Employment Service offers a Job Centre facility that works to ensure that all registered unemployed persons are provided with every opportunity to secure suitable employment. Employment officers assist in matching unemployed persons with notified vacancies and arrange job interviews with potential employers. 

Registration Unit

All businesses, trades and professions are required to be duly registered. Employers must register any vacancy arising within their establishment before seeking to engage a person as a worker and must notify the engagement of a worker not later than the day on which that engagement commences, by way of a ‘Notice of Terms of Engagement’. Employers are also required to notify the termination of employment within 7 days of date of termination, allowing the registration unit to compile the relevant statistics on to Gibraltar’s labour market.

Labour Inspectorate

Labour Inspectors enforce the statutory provisions of the Employment Act and its subsidiary legislation. 

These provisions may apply to annual leave, sick pay, redundancy payments, notice periods, minimum wage, specific industry group conditions of employment, issue of pay slips, etc. Under the Employment Regulation (Offences) Act, Labour Inspectors will issue fixed penalties that can range from £750, for an employer’s failure to register a termination of employment, to £3000, for failing to register a vacancy, engagement of a new employee , the request for a work permit or the registration of a Detached Worker. The Labour Inspectorate constitutes a valuable source of information to employers and employees regarding compliance with rights and obligations as set by employment legislation.

Health and Safety Inspectorate

Health and Safety Officers, appointed under the Factories Act, are responsible for enforcing the act’s provisions and subsidiary legislation. The Inspectorate is tasked with several functions, but
 their main role is to ensure that work places comply with statutory Health and Safety provisions and standards. Non-compliance can result in the imposition of an ‘improvement notice’ or even a ‘prohibition order’ that will, in effect, bring work operations to a standstill, until such time as the Health and Safety Inspectorate is satisfied that safety standards have been complied with. The inspectorate is further empowered to investigate accidents occurring in the workplace, with investigations sometimes leading to prosecutions.
 Health and Safety Officers constitute a valuable source of information to employers and employees regarding rights and obligations as set by Health and Safety legislation.

Work Permits Unit

Persons who are not entitled to work in Gibraltar (e.g. non-EEA nationals, see notes below) will require the prospective employer to request a work permit before commencement of employment. Various conditions need to be met by the employer before approval can be granted for the issue of a work permit. A work permit is issued for a period not exceeding 12 months. Failing to secure a work permit for any persons not entitled to work in Gibraltar is an offence and a fixed penalty notice of £3,000.00 may be issued to the employer. (Note: Swiss nationals do not require a work permit to work in Gibraltar)

Insolvency Fund claims

The Insolvency Fund is intended to allow employees to claim payments due to them (such as pay, annual leave, notice periods, etc.) that have gone unpaid due to their employers’ insolvency. Insolvency includes cases where an employer ceases to carry on the business or trade in which the worker was engaged. An application for payment from the Insolvency Fund must be made as soon as possible and strictly no more than thirty days after the employee becomes aware of the employer’s insolvency.

Application Forms

- Application for Registration of Business Trades and Profession Regulations 1991
- Notice of Variation - Business Trades and Profession Regulations 1991
- Annual Notification - Business Trades and Profession Regulations 1991
- Self Employed Persons Personal Details
- Application for renewal of a permit of employment
- Notice of Variation of Terms of Engagement
- Notice of Terms of Engagement
- Notification of Vacancy
- Termination of Employment
- Notification of temporary employment of a detached worker
- Application for the issue of a work permit

Additional Information

- Department of Employment Information Leaflet