Established in 1912 as Labour Department (Malay: Jabatan Buruh). Before the establishment of Malaysia in September 1963, the functions of the Department were under the jurisdiction of the district office. After Malaysia was formed, the Department was placed under the purview of the Ministry of Labour, which was renamed the Ministry of Human Resources in 1990.
Prior to 1960s, the main objective of the Department was to protect the interests and welfare of workers in the agriculture and mining sectors. In 1970, the objective of the Labour Department (Malay: Jabatan Buruh) was widen to include industrial relations matters in resolving disputes involving workers and trade unions and renamed as the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (Malay: Jabatan Buruh dan Perhubungan Perusahaan).
In 1972, Jabatan Buruh split off Jabatan Perhubungan Perusahaan in a restructuring exercise to streamline its operations. It was entrusted with the main objective of safeguarding and protecting the interests and welfare of workers and employees in order to create a conducive working environment for employees.
On February 19, 2003, Jabatan Buruh was renamed Jabatan Tenaga Kerja (JTK) as a result merger of the Employment Services Division (Malay: Bahagian Perkhidmatan Pekerjaan) of the Manpower Department (Malay: Jabatan Tenaga Rakyat) and Jabatan Buruh.
The roles of Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia was increased and broadened to include collecting data on labour force and public sector job placement services.
The official website of Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia (JTKSM) features:
Forms: Private Employment Agency (Agensi Pekerjaan Swasta APS), Foreign Workers (Pekerja Asing) and Employers Undertaking, Employment Retrenchment Notification, Labour Permit Application, Registration of New Work Premise or Workplace Form 63(A), Provision of Housing and Workers Facilities
Private Employment Agency: APS License Application New and Renewal, List of Registered APS in Malaysia
JobSeeker: Job Search, Skim Latihan 1Malaysia (SL1M), 1 Pesara
Enforcement and Advisory Activities: Retrenchment Management, Handling of Labour Complaints, Claims Through Labour Cases, Application for Employment of Foreign Labour, Claim for Compensated Foreign Workers Compensation, Anti-Trafficking in Person and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM), Sexual Harassment at Workplace
Acts and Legislations: Employment Act 1955, Weekly Holidays Act 1950, Workmen's Compensation Act 1952, Wages Councils Act 1947, Workers' Minimum Standards for Housing and Amenities Act 1990, Children and Young Persons-Employment Act 1966, Private Employment Agencies 1981, Employment Information Act 1953
Screenshot of the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia
Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia
(Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia)
Ministry of Human Resources
Level 5, Block D3, Complex D
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
+6 (03) 8000 8000
Official website available in both English and Malay versions but the main content is only in Malay language.