Trinidad & Tobago's cosmopolitan population of 1.4 million people is its greatest resource
English Speaking2nd largest English speaking nearshore nation for North America
Highly Educated7,600 tertiary level graduates annually
Competitive WorkforceLow labour costs
Free EducationFree education at primary & secondary levels with state assistance to support tertiary level education
Democracy Index 20172nd in the Caribbean
World Happiness ReportHappiest Country in the Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago competes on a global scale with a highly skilled workforce of approximately 639,200 persons who speak native English.
Education is a prime focus of the country’s development strategy which has a well-developed educational system. Secondary level and university graduates (7,600 annually) provide ready access to a pool of skilled, trained and trainable candidates in a broad spectrum of disciplines.
There are over 141 secondary schools and over 483 primary schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Well-developed human resource base
A high percentage of the workforce includes professionals with postgraduate qualifications. Specializations are abundant in legal, administrative, information technology and general management, as well as STEM qualifications. Industry specific skills are also readily available.
Trinidad and Tobago’s diverse population trace their history from Africa, India, China, the Middle East and Europe. Fondly known as the 'melting pot' of the Caribbean, our diversity manifests itself in our cuisine, music, religions, cultural traditions and events.
|Workforce by Occupation||Number of Workers|
|Legislators, senior officials and managers||63800|
|Technicians and associate professionals||78000|
|Service workers (including defence force) and shop sales workers||97900|
|Agricultural, forestry and fishery workers||11900|
|Craft and related workers||102700|
|Plant and machinery operator and assemblers||58500|
Minimum wages are set by the Minimum Wages Act. Normal working hours are 8 hours per day 5 days per week, inclusive of meal break and rest period.
Compensation varies according to the industrial sector. Other fringe benefits such as health insurance, meals, travel allowances and bonuses may also apply.
Average wage earnings for high level occupation groupings - US$60,000 per annum
Minimum wage - TT$15.00 per hour (approx. US$2.22)
|Workforce by Industry||Number of workers|
|Sugar (cultivation and manufacture)||0|
|Other agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing||18800|
|Petroleum and gas, and service contractors including production, refining||15600|
|Other mining and quarrying||1600|
|Other manufacturing (excluding sugar and oil)||51600|
|Electricity and water||8900|
|Wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels||121700|
|Transport, storage and communication||49200|
|Financing, insurance, real estare and business services||58700|
|Community, social and personal services||206400|
The diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of the people allow for many festivities and ceremonies throughout the year. Famous for its pre-Lenten celebration - Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, described by those who have experienced it as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, is a festival bursting with vivid colour, exquisite costumes, calypso music and the pulsating steelbands.
Indigenous art forms
Indigenous art forms include soca (a derivative of calypso), parang (Venezuelan-influenced Christmas music), local East Indian ‘chutney’ music and the famous African limbo dance. Popular local artistes such as Machel Montano, David Rudder, Bunji and Liam Teague have also received international recognition.
Local artists and the performing arts
There are several art galleries in Port of Spain that feature the works of well-known local artists such as Leroy Clarke, Jackie Hinkson and Boscoe Holder. Also, the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) is a permanent home for the development of the country’s performing arts and ensures that music, theatre and dance art forms continue to thrive in Trinidad and Tobago
New Year's DayJanuary 1
*Carnival Monday & TuesdayMarch 4 & 5 (Not official public holidays)
Good Friday & Easter Monday19 & 22 April
Spritual Baptist DayMarch 30
Indian Arrival DayMay 30
Corpus ChristiJune 20
Eid Al FitrJune 5 (To be determined)
Labour DayJune 19
Emancipation DayAugust 1
Independence DayAugust 31
Republic DaySeptember 24
DiwaliOctober 27 (To be determined)
Christmas DayDecember 25
Boxing DayDecember 26
At the discretion of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, any other date may also be declared a public holiday.
Good Friday and Easter Monday are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. However since they are determined by the Christian calendar, the date for each public holiday varies from year to year
Most businesses are closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, even though these days are not public holidays.
The Muslim festival of Eid–ul–Fitr and the Hindu Festival of Divali are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. However, since they are determined by the respective Muslim and Hindu religious organisations, the calendar date for each public holiday varies from year to year. These dates are usually announced one to two weeks prior to their observance each year. Divali is usually celebrated in October or November of each year.
When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday immediately following. When two public holidays fall on the same day, the following day is also given as a public holiday