The Department was established on July 26, 1960 with its functions under the jurisdiction of the Resident and District Office. After Sarawak became an autonomous state of the federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963, the Department was placed under the Ministry of Labour, which was renamed the Ministry of Human Resources in 1990.
The Labour Office, Kuching was only set up in 1969 at Round Tower, followed by other Labour Offices.
The Department of Labour Sarawak is currently headquartered in Kuching and has 16 Labour Offices (Malay: Pejabat Buruh) located throughout Sarawak.
The functions of the Department of Manpower (Malay: Jabatan Tenaga Rakyat) in Sarawak was taken over by the Department of Labour Sarawak on November 29, 2002.
On July 1, 2003, the Employment Services Section of the Manpower Department was merged with the Sarawak Labour Department. As a result of the merger, Jabatan Buruh was changed to Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak (JTKSWK or JTK Sarawak).
Kuching JobsMalaysia Centre (JMC) was established on January 25, 2010. JobsMalaysia Points (JMP) were established in all offices of the Department of Labour Sarawak as a one stop center for employment services.
The functions of JTK Sarawak are to legislate labour policy in cooperation with the Ministry; to advise parties concern on labour legislations and labour matters; to enforce the labour laws; and to consider and decide on application for license and labour permit.
Legislations enforced by the Department of Labour Sarawak are:
Anti-Trafficking In Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Amendment) Act 2010 (Act 670)
National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 and Minimum Wages Order 2012
Minimum Retirement Age Act 2012
Screenshot of Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak (JTK Sarawak) official website
The official website of Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Sarawak (JTK Sarawak) features:
Services for Employers: Employer guidelines to claim workers compensation (Malay: Panduan majikan menuntut pampasan pekerja), Inspection of workplaces, Submission of retrenchment report, Application for Permit (under Labour Ordinance), Application to Employ Non-resident Employee, Section 60A Labour Ordinance Sarawak Cap. 76 (Malay: Seksyen 60A Ordinan Buruh Sarawak Bab 76)
Services for Employee: Labour complaints, Workers compensation claim guidelines, Labour Case and Labour Court (Application for permission to be represented in a Labour Case, Application for Notice of Appeal, Application for Enforcement of Order)
Services for Job Seeker: JobsMalaysia Portal, Career talk, advisory and guidance services, Walk-in interview
Services for Disabled Person: (who runs a business and wishes to expand their business) SPOKU Application, Application for Business Incentive Assistance Scheme
Services for Private Employment Agencies (PEA): Application for New License or License Renewal, Application for Branch Establishment, Exchange of category license, Personal introduction documents, List of Private Employment Agencies (Malay: Agensi Pekerjaan Swasta (APS)) in Sarawak. Forms available only in Malay version.
FAQs: overtime rate, ordinary rate of pay (ORP), sick or annual leave, maternity entitlement and allowance, termination of contract notice period, pay on rest day and public holiday, definition of wages, resource for employer, shift work.
Publication: Labour Statistics, Facts and Figures, Minimum Wages Order 2016
Department of Labour Sarawak
13 Floor, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar
Jalan Simpang Tiga
93532 Kuching, Sarawak