Labour Market Survey
The core functions of AELM Division are to:
- Consult with stakeholders on training needs, employment creation and sharing of Labour Market Information (Advisory)
- Enforce legal obligations of employers concerning employment records of workers and the submission of periodic employment information within the timeframe (Regulatory)
- To update database of Labour market information through periodic surveys and collection of labour information from other sources, disseminate information on employment and Labour market
The ministry conducts Labour Market Surveys every 3 years to cater for the above functions and this covers all the private formal sectors.
Labour Force Survey
The ministry works in collaboration with Samoa Bureau of Statistics to conduct Labour Force Survey. The main objective of this survey is to get an overview of the employment and unemployment level in the informal sector.
The minimum wage for employees in the formal private sector is $2.30 per hour effective from 1st January 2015. The Cabinet has endorsed the above increase on May 2014. But since the employers requested the government for a grace period of seven months to get them prepared for payment of such increase, hence, the new minimum wage was effective from 1st January 2015.
Periodic Survey of Employment
The Division carries out periodical surveys to ensure that the above functions are fulfilled, namely the Periodic Survey of Employment – which is the collection of employment information from employers on half year basis.