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Labor Market
The labor market provides skilled labor. A high participation of the population, especially of females, contributes to a remarkable increase of the labor force in comparison to 1991.
 
The labor indicators in the table below indicate the situation for the working population of 14 years and older for the years 1960, 1972, 1981, 1991 and 2000. From 2007 on it is for the working population of 15 years and over.
 
The working population is divided into 2 groups: - The economically active or labor force (of employed and unemployed) and the economically inactive persons (retired, living of own means, due to age, students, health reasons or limitations).   

 

Activity Status

Census

1960 

Census

1972

Census

1981 

Census 

1991

Census 

2000

LFS** 

2007

Census 

2010

Population * 53,19957,90560,31266,68790,506104,006101,484
        

Population* 14+

 32,47938,50245,793 51,37970,92882,67081,438
        
Employment * 14 + 14,029 16,24623,577 29,21941,91851,60546,526
Unemployment * 14 + 2,777 3,3982,454 1,8913,118 3,124 5,519

Labor Force

 16,80619,64426,031 31,110 45,03654,73052,045
        

Non-Active

 14,77718,58319,757 20,06925,140 27,941 29,393
        
Participation rate (%)  53.2 51.456.9 60.8 64.2 66.2 63.9 
Employment rate (%) 44.4 42.5 51.557.159.7 62.4  57.1
Unemployment rate (%) 16.5 17.3 9.46.16.9 5.7 10.6
        

Source:
CBS Census 1960, 1972, 1981, 1991, 2000, 2010;
CBS Labor Force Survey (LFS) 2007
Annual Statistical Year book 2012

Population figures as of October 1st. 

* The labor indicators indicate the situation for the working population of 14 years and older for the years 1960, 1972, 1981, 1991 and 2000. From 2007 on it is for the working population of 15 years and over. 

** A Labor Force Survey is to collect data on the economically active population in Aruba and their socio-demographic characteristics.

 

Minimum Wages
Statutory minimum wages are in force for workers above the age of 18 and effective February 1, 2013, the following minimum
 wages per month apply to:
  1. Business: Afl. 1,636,70 (US$ 914.35)
  2. Household personnel live-in: Afl. 763,55 (US$ 426.56)
These wages exclude social charges and other benefits.

Working Hours
A maximum of 8½ hours daily for a 5-day working week, not exceeding 42½ hours is allowed, or a maximum of 8 hours
daily not exceeding 45 hours for a 6-day working week, except for enterprises such as hotels, casinos, restaurants and
 oil refining, for which shift work is required and a maximum of 48 hours per week is allowed.

Holidays With Pay
Each employee is entitled to a paid holiday of at least fifteen working days per year. Eleven days of the year are public
 holidays.

Overtime work per hour is compensated as follows:
Monday through Saturday:+ 50%;
Sunday:+ 100%.

Work on a public holiday is compensated 100% above the normal hourly wage. Shift work is compensated 15% above
 the normal hourly wage, when mutually agreed upon or when a collective labor agreement is in force.

Cessantia (Severance Pay)
  1. The employee whose employment has been terminated for reasons other than his fault is entitled to a layoff compensation, calculated as follows:
  2. One (1) week pay per each year between 1 and 10 years of service;
  3. One-and-a-quarter (1¼) week pay per each year between 11 and 20 years of service;
  4. Two (2) weeks pay for each year of service above 20 years.
In virtue of this ordinance the employer is obliged to contribute with a premium of Af 40 per year per employee to the Cessantia Fund.

For more information, apply to:
Directie Arbeid en Onderzoek 
L.G. Smith Boulevard 134
Oranjestad
Aruba, Caribbean Sea 
Phone:
297 583 7720
Fax: 297 583 7422
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