Women at Work in G20 countries: Policy action since 2017

Report prepared by the ILO and OECD for the 2nd meeting of the G20 Employment Working Group (Geneva, 11 – 12 June 2018)

G20 leaders at the 2014 Summit in Brisbane committed to reduce the gender gap in labour force participation by 25 per cent by the year 2025 (the 25x25 target). G20 Ministers of Labour agreed on a set of key principles to also improve the quality of women’s employment.
Under the German Presidency of the G20, it was agreed to introduce a template aimed at gathering information on the key policy measures that have been introduced or are planned to be put in place to achieve the 25x25 target and to improve women’s quality of employment.
The purpose of this paper is to highlight key policy developments since 2017, as reported by countries using the above-mentioned template, underline new policy elements and draw some conclusions and suggestions for further acceleration of the achievement of the Brisbane target and commitments. It is neither complete nor in-depth, but is intended to stimulate some discussions by pointing to commonalities and specificities and identifying promising policy measures.
This paper first discusses the importance of skill needs anticipation; it then looks at the qualitative and quantitative approaches across G20 countries and addresses cross-cutting issues such as labour market information (LMI) and social dialogue; and finally identifies policy principles to help implement a strategy to anticipate skill needs and use this information to better align training with the changes occurring in the world of work.