Jamaica - Ministry of Labour and Social Security

Pearnel Charles Jr.

Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Security on May 22, 2023. He previously served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries,  Minister of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for Water, Housing, and Infrastructure, preceded by his tenure as Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with responsibility for Diaspora Affairs and the National Council for Coastal Zone Management, among other areas. He has also served as a two-time Member of Parliament. 


Mr. Charles is an Attorney-at-Law and has a passion for community service and, as a youth advocate, he participates in community activities geared towards uplifting underserved communities and protecting the most vulnerable. He also continues to serve as the Chairman of the UNESCO Youth Advisory Council.


RIAL Focal point: 
Collette Roberts Risden, Permanent Secretary
Gillian Corrodus, Divisional Director of Industrial Relations & Allied Services
RIAL/GENDER Focal Point: 
Gillian Corrodus, Director, Industrial Relations and Alliances
1 (876) 922-9500-14
1F North Street, Kingston - Jamaica
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