COVID-19 and the world of work

Regional and country impact and policies

The latest regional and country research, assessments, guidelines and policy recommendations relating to COVID-19 and the world of work.
  1. COVID-19 and employment protection policies: A quantitative analysis of the Asia-Pacific region

    06 July 2021

    This brief assesses the implementation of employment protection policies in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis in 37 economies across Asia and the Pacific, including a country case study of the Philippines. Through both descriptive and econometric analyses, it examines policy and employment dynamics and outlines a number of policy considerations for the crisis recovery period and beyond.

  2. Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean (Number 24): Decent work for platform workers in Latin America

    14 June 2021

    This edition of the Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean report, jointly prepared twice-yearly by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) analyses the labour market trends in Latin America and the Caribbean amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

  3. Is public sector employment a haven in the COVID-19 jobs crisis?

    14 June 2021

    It looks as if job opportunities in the public sector have provided a respite from the shrinking private sector during the dark days of the COVID-19 crisis, at least for some women.

  4. Occupational Safety and Health Profile. Promoting decent work through strengthening occupational safety and health management and social dialogue in Kosovo

    28 May 2021

    The profile provides an overview and the most up-to-date information on the current Occupational Safety and Health situation, assesses gaps in the OSH system and identifies priority areas for action.

  5. Global Wage Report 2020-21: Factsheet for the European Union

    21 May 2021

    This factsheet provides key findings for the European Union from the ILO flagship Global Wage Report 2020-21

  6. Public Employment Programmes in the Care Economy - The Case of South Africa

    29 April 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis have increased unemployment levels in the care economy, detrimental effects of which are felt by care workers, the majority of whom are women. The South African experience shows that Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) have contributed to the progressive realisation of decent work where as a first step in the trajectory, they have recognised and renumerated care related labour as work. This case study raises a series of questions for further consideration about the role of PEPs in this context, particularly their efficacy in the provision of direct care services.

  7. COVID-19 and multinational enterprises: Impacts on FDI, trade and decent work in Asia and the Pacific

    08 April 2021

    Multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their supply chains have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with millions of workers suffering adverse impacts. This brief provides evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on FDI and trade in Asia and the Pacific. The brief also discusses the impact on MNEs and decent work and highlights how social dialogue can inform the design and implementation of policies to ensure a human-centred recovery.

  8. Recovering towards a human-centred future of work in Asia and the Pacific

    01 April 2021

    As the COVID-19 crisis lengthens and continues to impact on labour markets, countries have the potential to think big in efforts to revitalize their sustainable growth objectives and push forth durable solutions that will promote a fair, inclusive and secure future of work. This short document summarizes the elements of the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work that can help governments and social partners to navigate the crisis towards a human-centred future of work.

  9. Protecting domestic workers in Lebanon. How to amend the labour code to better protect domestic migrant workers in Lebanon?

    23 March 2021

    This policy brief intends to provide recommendations on how to better protect the domestic workers in Lebanon by amending the labour code. It reviews the situation of the employment conditions of the migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, which were lately exacerbated as a result of the COVID-19. As a way forward, it proposes three recommendations in order to unlock the complex situation.

  10. How to Improve the Reporting of Occupational Diseases in Indonesia?

    23 March 2021

    This brief shows the importance of reliable data on occupational diseases in determining Occupational Health Policy and providing adequate working conditions in Indonesia. Without these data, the department of occupational safety and health (OSH) will not be able to provide preventive programs and improve the health status of workers by preventing work accidents and occupational diseases.