Labour Department

The Labour Department is one of the major arms of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations. It exists to carry out functions subject to ILO Convention No. 150 about the Labour Administration system, ratified by Ghana in 1986. The Convention defines Labour Administration as ‘’public administration activities in the field of national labour policy’’. Accordingly, Section 1 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) provides for the establishment and functions of the National Employment Service. Section 12 of the Act also mandates the Department to conduct labour inspections on work places.


To become a one-stop Labour Market Information provider with improved methods and information technology; and the most reliable Social Partner in matching demand and supply of Labour and ensuring Labour Protection for workers.


The Labour Department exists to enforce labour laws and regulations in Ghana and provide, for the benefit of workers and employers, employment-related services such as job-matching, job counseling and mediation; and to generate reliable labour market information for employment policy and national development planning


  • To maximize and promote productive employment opportunities in all sectors of the economy to absorb the unemployed and all new entrants into the labour market and to end under-employment.
  • To generate and sustain increases in productivity and wages.
  • To promote fair terms and conditions of employment for workers and employers in all sectors of the economy, including protection of their rights under the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651)


  • Provide advice on labour policy and all matters relating to labour;
  • Administer labour legislation.
  • Enforce labour laws and working conditions through inspection of workplaces.
  • Promote effective tripartism through co-operation with employers’ and workers’ organizations.
  • Investigate, find and ease payment of workmen’s compensation claims.
  • Implement employment policies, through the labour market, and sound management of employment services.
  • Provide career/vocational guidance and counseling.
  • Co-ordinate, check and promote self-employment generation in the informal sector for sustainable full employment, economic and social progress.
  • Child Labour desensitization, training and law enforcement; co-ordination and monitoring of all child labour elimination programmes.
  • Licensing and monitoring of operations of private employment agencies
  • Registration and Certification of Trade Unions and Employers’ Organizations.
  • Provision of labour market information statistics in collaboration with other government agencies for human resource planning, development, and use.
  • Ensure Government’s continued relationship with and membership of the Internal Labour Organization (ILO) and other labour organizations throughout the world.


Mr. Eugene Korletey


Labour Department

Contact Details

Phone: +233 (0) 302 664 511