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The Labour Department is the Ministry’s focal point agency responsible for implementation of the three major Labour Laws; namely:      

  • The Employment Act, 2007
  • The Labour Institutions Act, 2007
  • The Labour Relations Act, 2007.

This is done through formulation and implementation of the National Labour Legislation and policy through the National Labour Board and sectoral wages councils as well as the National Tripartite Consultative Council.

The Department is also responsible for operationalizing the tripartite mechanism in handling labour issues through a tripartite dialogue process which involves consultation between workers, employers and government representatives.   

Vision Of The Department : To be the lead agency in the promotion of Decent Work for All

Mission Of The Department: To formulate, coordinate and implement sound labour and employment policies for the attainment of social justice, industrial peace and enabling environment for employment creation

Strategic Objectives Of The Department:

  • Promotion of  harmonious industrial  labour relations, social dialogue and fair labour practices
  • Promotion of fundamental principles and rights at work.

Vision: Organized and accountable trade unions
Mission: To provide a healthy regulatory framework for trade union  activities.
Mandate: To ensure effective and efficient registration of trade unions in compliance with the constitution, the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and other related Labour laws.


  • Registration of trade unions, employer’s organizations and federations and their branches.
  • Registration of elected officials after the general elections and by-elections.
  • Registration of trade unions constitutions or any amendments thereof and change of name(s).
  • Inspection of trade unions books of accounts and records.
  • Updating trade union membership records upon receipt and scrutiny of the Annual Returns.
  • Preparing submissions and liaising with the Office of the Attorney General on cases brought against the Registrar or where the Registrar is a Respondent.
  • General administration of the trade unions under the provisions of the relevant laws thereto.
  • Registration of amalgamations of trade unions, employers’ organizations and federations.
  • Directing all registered trade unions, employers’ organizations and federations to carry out elections after the mandatory five years in accordance with the Labour Relations Act,
  • Determination of trade unions disputes arising from their operations in accordance with the law and their constitutions.
  • Cancellation and/or suspension of trade unions which are dissolved or have ceased to exist or are operating in contravention of the law.
  • Issuance of Extracts (registered officials) of trade unions, employers’ organization and federations upon request


The National Productivity and Competitiveness Centre (NPCC) was established in 2002 as the National Productivity Organization (NPO) with the mandate of promoting productivity management to enhance the Country’s economic growth and competitiveness. The Centre implements productivity improvement activities countrywide at national and county levels for public and private sector organizations and companies. In a nutshell, implementation of productivity improvement programmes and enhancement of competitiveness is the Centre’s core business.

NPCC is a Department under the State Department for Labour in the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection  and was previously known as “Productivity Centre of Kenya” until mid 2016 when Executive Order No. 1 of May 2016 changed the name to “National Productivity and Competitiveness Centre” (NPCC).

Vision: To be a centre of excellence for productivity management in Kenya
Mission: To promote best practices in the public and private sector and enhance factor productivity and competitiveness
Mandate of NPCC: The mandate of NPCC is “National  Labour Productivity and Competitiveness”and is anchored on;

✓Sessional Paper No. 3 of 2013 on “National Productivity Policy” which was approved by the National Assembly on 4th  August2015
✓Executive Order No. 1 of May 2016
✓ Executive Order No. 1 of June, 2018

Core Functions

NPCC executes its mandate through the following core functions:-

  • Spearhead productivity movement in the country through awareness creation aimed at inculcating a culture of productivity in Kenya.
  • Productivity measurement at the national, sectoral and firm level to develop various productivity indices.
  • Implement productivity improvement programmes in public and private sector organizations aimed at enhancing their profitability and competitiveness.
  • Enhancing the country’s competitiveness through implementation of productivity improvement programmes. The Centre is in the process of developing a strategy that will guide competitiveness enhancement activities in the country.
  • Acquire, process and disseminate relevant productivity information q Influence policies affecting issues of productivity and competitiveness in Kenya.

Contact Information
National Productivity and Competitiveness Centre,
NSSF Building , BLOCK C,  5THFLOOR, Bishop Road,
P.O Box 5078-00200,
Telephone No. 020600537
Email Address:

Mandate: The mandate of the Directorate is to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Occupational safety and health Act 2007 and promote safety and health of workers.

Mission statement: To promote a safe and health workplace by implementing effective systems for the prevention of Occupational diseases, ill health accidents and damage to property in order to reduce the cost of production and improve productivity in all sectors of our economic activities

Core functions include

  • Inspecting workplaces to ensure compliance with safety and health law
  • Examination and testing of steam boilers, air & steam receivers, gas cylinders, lifts, cranes chains and other lifting equipment
  • Measurements of workplace pollutants for purposes of their control
  • Investigation of occupational accidents and diseases with a view to preventing recurrence
  • Medical examinations of workers
  • Training on Occupational safety and health, first aid and fire safety
  • Approving architectural plans of building intended for use as workplaces
  • Disseminating information on occupational safety and health to customers

Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS)
Safety House
Commercial street, Industrial area
P.O Box 34120 – 00100
Email: ,
Tel.No. 020 266 7722, 0775 833 675, 0775 833 676

The Directorate was established in the year 2008 as a result of Ministerial re-organization that was sanctioned by the DPM.  It came about as a result of the split of the larger department of Human Resource Management and Employment.
The Directorate has two divisions, namely Human Resource Planning and Human Resource Development divisions.  These two divisions have their origins in the 1980’s based on recommendations from various national and international foras advocating for the establishment of bodies at national level to take charge of manpower planning and development.  One such fora is the Lagos Plan of Action which directly called for the establishment of such a body.  Locally, the government had set up various commissions on Education and manpower development and the issue of relevance of training was beginning to dominate human resource discourse in the country.  Both the Gachathi Commission (1976) and the Mackay Commission (1981) gave strong recommendations on the need to harmonize training offered at various levels of schooling and the demands of the labour market.
The ministry of labor through the directorate of National Human Resource planning and development (DNHRPD) is mandated to collect and analyze data on manpower supply and demand from local institutions and establishments. The manpower supply gives data on skills emerging from local institutions whereas the demand side gives information relating to establishments in the labor market. The two sides of supply and demand interact hence enabling planners obtain a manpower balance in the economy.

Vision of the Directorate: “A World Class Centre for Labour Market Information”.
Mission: To provide up to date Labour Market Information to inform on development of human resource development policies and strategies”.
Mandate: Undertaking research to develop a national human resource data base, develop guidelines on skills development and maintain a national skills inventory.
Core Functions

  • Maintenance and dissemination /provision of up to-date labour market information
  • Development and dissemination of guidelines for skills development
  •  Development and maintenance of National skills inventory
  • Formulation of National human resource planning ,development and utilization policies

Core Values

  • Professional Integrity
  • Commitment to results
  • Participants approach
  • Customer orientation
  • Commitment to team work
  • Commitment to the welfare of the employee

Major projects currently being undertaken by the department
The directorate of human resource Planning and Development driven by it mission of being a lead centre in labour market information has been undertaking the following projects:

  • Operationalisation of the labour market information system (LMIS)
  • Job opportunity index.
  • Youth employment survey.