The following acts apply to labour employment
The Protection of Resident Workers Act, which sets forth the procedures that must be followed before importing non-citizen workers (including prior advertisement of the job in the Marshall Islands and employment of qualified residents);
The Protection of Resident Workers (Amendment) Act of 1990, which among other things requires the repatriation after two years of employment of non-resident workers (other than United States citizens);
The Nonresident Worker (Fee) Act 1987, which requires employers to make quarterly contributions into a training fund for Marshallese in the amount of 25 cents per hour for work done by aliens (other than citizens of the United States and Palau);
The Nonresident Worker's Health Certificate Act, which requires that non-citizen workers and family members entering the Marshall Islands obtain and maintain a certificate of freedom from communicable diseases, including AIDS;
The Minimum Wage Act of 1986 as amended in 1995 which sets the minimum wage at $2.00 per hour, in non-export oriented industries; and
The Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act 1989, which exempts from application of the minimum wage act non-citizen employees who are employed by private sector employers that have been authorized by the National Government to invest or to do business in the Marshall Islands, and Marshallese trainees and apprentices.
The minimum wage act of 1989 amended in 2016 for Govt employees raising the minimum wage for US$2.00 per hour to USD 2.50 per hour. $0.50 is added for each year of service to a maximum of $4.00/hour
Private sector employment where at least on Majuro there is a small retail and manufacturing industry (Fish Cannery) and processing Industry for Copra. These industries encompass on one or two main employers. The 2011 census showed that 40% of the workforce work in Private enterprise and 34% work for the government . The outer Islands which survive on subsistence agriculture and fishing, there is very little in the way of private sector industry. Employment as such is adhoc.
There are high rates of unemployment and many Marshallese will travel and work in the United states due to greater wages and opportunity.
Labour Rate(s) Overview
Daily General Worker (Unskilled casual labour)
Daily General Worker (Semi-skilled labour)