Department of Labour-This is to notify and inform the general public that the SHORT-TERM WORK PERMIT (E-Work Permit) is now being initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. The employers wishing to import foreign workers even for the duration less than 30 days should now compulsorily apply online through MoLHR-MIS with immediate effect. Besides the normal required documents, the individual/FWRA/employers should submit the medical clearance certificate of the foreigners obtained from the country of origin.This notification is referred to the approval of the night halt work permits only and for other categories and updates, MoLHR will keep notifying in future.

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Our Vision:

” A Nation where all its citizen have the opportunity for a gainful and quality employment characterized by harmonious and productive relationship in the workplace and the broader community. “

Our Mission:

” To facilitate human resource development for economic development and to ensure gainful employment for all Bhutanese workforce. ”


The Ministry is mandated to ensure:

  • Employment promotion through a provision of an effective employment service system and facilitating job creation;
  • Improved working conditions and living standards for all people engaged in the world of work;
  • Social welfare of the unemployed and the retired employees of the agencies outside the civil service sector; and
  • Availability of adequate human resources both in terms of number and quality to facilitate sustainable socio-economic development of the country.


The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources was established on June 13, 2003, vide Cabinet Order no. LZ 02/03/933 upon merging of the erstwhile National Technical Training Authority (NTTA) and the Department of Employment and Labour.

The NTTA was established in May 1999 with the mandate to develop a vocational education and training (VET) system in order to produce skilled and productive workforce for the kingdom.  To achieve its objectives, the NTTA was required to plan, coordinate, regulate, support, and where needed, implement vocational education and training. Prior to the formation of the NTTA, all TVET related activities were administered by the TVET Section under the then Ministry of Health and Education.

The emerging problem of youth unemployment in the late 1990s led to the formation of National Employment Board in March 2000, which evolved into Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) under the then Ministry of Health and Education in August 2001. The DEL was primarily responsible for functions related to employment promotion, labor market information, human resource development for the private and corporate sectors, labor protection, and labor relations.

The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources works towards the vision for a nation where all its citizens have the opportunity for a gainful and quality employment characterized by harmonious and productive relationships in the workplace and the broader community. The vision is promoted through its engagement in the formulation and implementation of policies related to employment, human resources development, and labour, which are directed towards improving the working and living standards for all people engaged in the world of work.

The above functions are delivered through five Departments in addition to the Policy and Planning Division, Finance Division, Human Resource Division, and ICT Division. They are: i) Department of Labour, ii) Department of Employment and Entrepreneurship, iii) Department of Technical Education, iv) Department of Occupational Standards, and v) Department of National Human Resource Development. The activities of the Departments are strategically grouped into four major programmes, which are all geared towards facilitating job seekers’ access to employment opportunities.

In addition to the four departments, the various services of the Ministry is delivered throughout the country through its four regional offices located in Samdrup Jongkhar, Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Trashigang Dzongkhags.

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Ministry of Labour and Human Resources
P.O Box #1036, Thongsel Lam
Lower Motithang
Thimphu, Bhutan
PABX : +975-2-333867
Overseas Unit: 02-339531
Employment Service Centre: 02-334495

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