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Workforce

Independent surveys of current investors reveal that the Dominican labor force is the nation's principal economic asset. Employers characterize workers as diligent, highly trainable, dexterous and capable of utilizing new technologies. 

Services and government (includes parastatal corporations) employ 35% of the work force. Agriculture employs 21%, and industry outside of the duty free zones employs 12%. Unemployment is estimated at approximately 16%. 

The Dominican Labor Code, which dates back to June 1992, is a comprehensive piece of legislation which establishes policies and procedures for aspects of employer/employee relationships. 

The standard workweek is 44 hours. The minimum wage is RD$3,416.10 for companies with capital of more than RD$500,000. The minimum wage for free zone industries is RD$2,490. Other minimum wages have been set for specific work classifications.

Labor force sectorial wage breakdown:
General private sector workers (effective as of 13 February 2001) 

RD$3,415 per month (companies with more than RD$500,000 in assets)
RD$2,345 per month (companies with assets from RD$200,000 to RD$500,000)
RD$2,075 per month (companies with assets of less than RD$200,000)

Farm workers: 
RD$70 per day for farm workers 
RD$2,890 per month for watchmen 

Hotel & restaurant employees: 
RD$3,030 per month (companies with more than RD$500,000 in assets)
RD$2,160 per month (companies with assets from RD$200,000 to RD$500,000)
RD$1,950.00 per month (companies with assets of less than RD$200,000)

Bakery and pastry shop employees: 
RD$3,415 per month (companies with more than RD$500,000 in assets)
RD$2,345 per month (companies with assets from RD$200,000 to RD$500,000)
RD$2,075 per month (companies with assets of less than RD$200,000)

Industrial free zone employees: 
RD$2,490 per month

Heavy duty machine operators: 
RD$7,800 per month for operators
RD$3,900 per month for assistants

Heavy duty farm equipment operators: 
RD$3,000 per month

Construction workers: 
Non skilled worker: RD$147 per day
Skilled worker: RD$161 per day
Asistant: RD$189 per day
Third category operator: RD$245 per day
Second category operator: RD$280 per day
First category operator: RD$350 per day
Master of trade of each area of construction: RD$455 per day

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