In order to operate a Private Employment Agency in the Republic of Cyprus, legal or natural persons need to obtain a licence for the operation of such an establishment from the Director of the Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.
The establishment and operation of private employment agencies is regulated by the Private Employment Agency Laws of 2012 until 2013. The term “Private Employment Agency” refers to any legal or natural person who acts as a mediator for employment of persons available for work, for the purpose of either direct or indirect pay / fee / material gain / other charges or without charge.
The application for issuing or renewing a license for the establishment of a Private Employment Agency can be submitted either though the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the District Labour Offices (Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol, and Paphos) of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.
Department of Labour
Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance
9 Klimentos str,
1061 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 22400836
Fax: +357 22400932
The application must be accompanied by the following:
1.Certified copies of identity cards or passports of the Directors in case of company, the Partners in case of Partnership, the applicant in case of natural person and of the persons’ responsible for the operation of the Office;
2.Original Certificate of Clear Criminal Record Certificate for the Directors in case of company, the Partners in case of Partnership, the applicant in case of natural person and of the person responsible for the operation of the Agency ;
3.certified copies of the Academic Qualifications of the person responsible for the operation of the Agency;
4.Affidavit that the Directors in case of Company, the Partners in case of Partnership and the person responsible for the operation of the Agency do not perform the activities described in articles 6(1)(στ) & 20 and have not been employed in specific Governmental Departments in Cyprus according to the article 6(1)(ζ) of the Private Employment Agencies Law of 2012 ;
5.Certificates of Incorporation, Registered Office, Directors and Secretary, Shareholders, Good Standing, Non Winding-up order / Non Compulsory Liquidation and the Company’s Memorandum & Articles of Association from the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (in case of Companies);
6.Certificate of Partners from the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (in case of Partnership);
7.Certificate of non receiving order or non-bankruptcy order (Solvency Certificate) in case of natural person issued by the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver;
8.Certificate of attending a training program related to employment / labour law or certificate of passing the relevant examination (where applicable) ;
9.copy of Work Employment Certificate (from the employer- where applicable) ;
10.copy of Certificate of Contributions from the Social Insurance Services;
11.Fee of €100 for the examination of the first application, €300 for the first issue of the license according to the Private Employment Agencies Regulations.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision normally within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
The licence is valid for a three-year period from the date of issue and is renewed automatically with the submission of an application form and the payment of the license fee of €300 as defined in the Private Employment Agencies Regulations. .
Obligations and Supervision
Τhe person responsible for the operation of a Private Employment Agency is obliged to comply with the provisions of the Private Employment Agencies Laws 2012-2013, as periodically amended, and specifically among others with the following: