Government of Trinidad and

Job Vacancy Survey for Private Sector and State Enterprises


Background of Job Vacancy Surveys in Trinidad and Tobago

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) recognizes that stakeholders both in the public and private sectors are demanding regular reviews of the structure and trends in the domestic labour market. Further to this, they are interested in knowing the sectors and occupations where vacancies exist. As such, following the last Job Vacancy Survey in 2012, the GORTT has decided to conduct a second Job Vacancy Survey, with a view to having this Survey conducted at more regular intervals, through the Ministry of Labour.


Main Goal of The Survey

To guide the development of Policies, Programmes and Projects that directly and indirectly affect the labour market.

In 2022, the Labour Market Information Unit (LMIU) conducted the Public Sector Job Vacancy Survey across Government Ministries and this report is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2023.


What type of data was captured in the Public Service Survey?:

  • Vacancies- particularly hard to fill vacancies
  • Possible reasons for vacancies
  • The qualifications required to fill vacancies
  • Type of Occupation, Industries and Administrative Areas for Vacancies 
  • Labour turnover and Separations
  • Projected Job Vacancies

Following this Survey, The Job Vacancy Survey for the Private Sector and State Enterprises will be conducted from February 09, 2023 by Kairi Consultants Ltd in collaboration with the Labour Market Information Unit of the Ministry of Labour. Similar to the Public Sector Survey, the main objective of the Job Vacancy Survey for Private Sector and State Enterprises is to determine employers’ unfulfilled demand for labour (i.e. ‘unfilled vacancies’), as captured by the total number of vacancies in Trinidad and Tobago.


What type of information will be captured in the Private and State Enterprises Survey?:

  • Vacancies particularly hard to fill vacancies
  • Possible reasons for vacancies
  • The qualifications required to fill vacancies
  • Type of Occupation, Industries and Administrative Areas for Vacancies
  • Labour turnover and Separations
  • Projected Job Vacancies

These Surveys are just one aspect of the Labour Market Information System being developed by the Labour Market Information Unit (LMIU) of the Ministry of Labour.


Core Functions of the Labour Market Iinfomration Unit (LMIU)

To develop and maintain a modernised Labour Market Information System entails

  1. Collecting, processing, analysing and publishing of data and reports from statistical surveys and administrative records on areas relevant to the Labour Market of Trinidad and Tobago among other critical areas.
  2. Providing training on key concepts, definitions, classifications and methodologies relating to the National Labour Market
  3. Producing Labour Market projections
  4. Providing the basis for monitoring and reporting on employment and labour policies; and
  5. Serving as a mechanism to exchange information or coordinate different actors and Institutions that produce and utilize labour market information and analysis.


Value of the Job Vacancy Survey for Private Sector and State Enterprises

         tickPolicy Development

     The information is useful for designing manpower policies that seek to facilitate the maximum employment of the nation’s workforce

tickCurriculum Development

     The review of tertiary education funding programmes (i.e. GATE)

     The design of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs

tickGranting of scholarships

tickGuide for Recruitment and Human Resource Planning for Organizations

tickThe review of public employment programmes (i.e. CEPEP & URP)

tickAttracting foreign direct investment (FDI)

tickMaking investment decisions

tickCareer guidance and planning for students

tickEstablishment of a modernized labour market information system in Trinidad and Tobago. 


Generally, who will stand to benefit from this Survey?

  • Students and Job Seekers will be assisted in choosing their career paths and finding jobs based on where the job vacancies exist across industries and occupations.
  • Educational Institutions can be guided by the data in their course development based on the skills required for vacancies.
  • Employers can use this data to assist in their Recruitment processes and formulation of Human Resource Planning and Policy Development.
  • State Agencies and by extension the Government can use the data from this Survey to chart Education Programmes and Policies that support the development of the human resource and labour market of Trinidad and Tobago.

Essentially this data is a key asset to everyone. It is an instrumental resource for key decision making in our personal, professional, business and national development.


What is the role of the Consultant in the execution of this Job Vacancy Survey?

The Consultant/Consultancy Firm is expected to execute activities which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Design and develop an appropriate sample design and methodology for the application of the Job Vacancy Survey for sign-off by the Ministry as the document’s “Survey Design and Estimation Procedures.”
  • Design, develop and pilot a smaller Job Vacancy Survey entitled “Quarterly Job Vacancy Survey (survey instrument)” for sign-off by the Ministry. This survey instrument should be designed to be administered both manually and electronically.
  • Effectively administer the Job Vacancy Survey (survey instrument) based on the approved methodology.
  • Analyze and present the main findings of the Job Vacancy Survey in the form of a final report (in accordance with an agreed upon format) and power point presentation.
  • Pilot test the Job Vacancy Survey (survey instrument).
  • Prepare and submit the Draft Final Report for review and approval by the Ministry


Profile of Kairi Consultants Ltd

Date and Place of Incorporation

Kairi Consultants Limited was formed in 1990 and became a limited liability company in 1992 under the laws of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Description of Principal Business Activity Place of Business

Kairi offers consultancy services for research and management of all projects related to the development process. Its areas of expertise include Social Sector Development, Environment and Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, human Resource Development, Training and Education, Finance and Investments and International Trade. In these areas. Kairi handles both small- and large-scale projects.

Kairi’s principal place of business is located at its head office in Tunapuna in Trinidad, from where the organization provides logistical and technical support for consultants assigned to its projects.


For further information, please contact:

Labour Market Information Unit
Ministry of Labour
International Waterfront Centre
Tower C, Level 6, 1A Wrightson Road
Port of Spain
Tel: 625-8478 ext. 1515
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