This series contains registered files concerning matters of general employment policy. The series also includes a complete set of ministry forms plus records of, and files relating to, various ministerial committees and other bodies concerned with employment operations.
The main series of files represented is the EM series, which deals with general employment policy relating to recruitment, labour supply and placing. The series also contains registered files from several other file series relating to manpower and various aspects of employment, including papers concerning special areas, the building industry, port labour, registrations for employment in technical and professional and scientific fields, the employment of aliens (including prisoners of war and immigrants) and ex-servicemen, special wartime arrangements and legislation relating to equal pay and conditions of employment for women. Other file series represented in this series include AD (Appointments Department), ADR (resettlement in civilian employment), AR (recruitment and control of foreign labour), CR (wartime central register of professional and scientific personnel), MRS (manpower statistics), NM (nursing), PL (port labour), and TSR (technical and scientific register).