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COLOMBIA – New Quota for Oil, Mining and Infrastructure Projects in Barrancabermeja Municipality

, 07/07/2016

Effective 13 June 2016, a quota for skilled and unskilled local workers has been established for projects in the oil, mining and infrastructure sectors in the municipality of Barrancabermeja, home to the largest oil refinery in the country.

What is the quota?

  • Decree 173 establishes that public or private companies in the municipality of Barrancabermeja that develop projects in the oil industry, mining and infrastructure projects with high social and economic impact, must ensure that 100% of the non-skilled workforce must be local, and at least 80% of the skilled workforce must be local;
  • These percentages do not include strategic positions, special projects, management positions in specialized markets and industries and positions that due to their nature should not be published pursuant to the regulations in the public employment system;
  • Oil and mining are decreed to be activities of social and economic impact by their nature, whereas infrastructure projects require the continuous and permanent hiring of an outstanding number of employees to qualify as “of social and economic impact”;
  • For employment in these sectors in this municipality, workers must provide a “certificate of territoriality”, to prove their local residence.
  • The quota has been implemented as a response to the increase of immigration and unemployment in the Barrancabermeja, to protect the local workforce.

Action Items

  • Companies engaging in projects in the oil, mining and infrastructure sectors in Barrancabermeja must ensure that their workforce complies with the quota for local labour.