Self-employed Barbadians are being encouraged to pay contributions to the National Insurance Scheme.
The advice is coming from Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan.
He says, at present, there is a great disparity between the number of self-employed people in Barbados and those actually making contributions.
Mr. Jordan is warning people not to wait until something happens to start thinking about NIS.
Mr. Jordan was speaking during the 51st gems awards ceremony of the National Insurance Scheme at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre over the weekend.
Several members of staff were recognised for their invaluable contribution to the fund during the event.
Renee Waterman took home the coveted Employee of the Year award, while one of the long service awards went to Denise Smith who has been with the NIS for the past thirty years.
The Labour Minister stressed that people need to understand the benefits of social security.