Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sabah, abbreviated JTK Sabah, is also known as the Department of Labour Sabah in English.
Jabatan Tenega Kerja Sabah (JTK Sabah) is a department under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resource (Malay: Kementerian Sumber Manusia). JTK Sabah is responsible to the Ministry in the administration and enforcement of labour laws in Sabah. It also provides registration and placement of job seekers, career guidance and advisory services.
Established in the 1880s as "The Chinese Protectorate" to meet the demand for the importation of immigrant workers from China into the country. It was later renamed "The Protector of Labour".
On January 1, 1948, it was known as the Department of Labour and Immigration (Malay: Jabatan Buruh dan Imigresen).
In early 1954, the Department was renamed the Department of Labour and Welfare (Malay: Jabatan Buruh dan Kebajikan) until 1968 where labour and welfare functions were separated and the Department of Labour (Malay: Jabatan Buruh) existed on its own.
Effective February 2003, Jabatan Buruh Sabah was again renamed as the Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sabah (JTK Sabah) and the name remains unchanged as of now.
Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sabah enforces the following labour laws in Sabah:
Labour Ordinance (Sabah Cap. 67)
Private Employment Agencies Act 1981 [Act 246]
Workmen's Compensation Act 1952 [Act 273]
National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 [Act 732]
Employment Information Act 1953 (Revised - 1975) [Act 159]
Minimum Retirement Age Act 2012 [Act 753]
Anti-Trafficking In Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 [Act 670]