Small and Medium Enterprises

There is broad agreement that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital to achieving decent and productive employment as they globally account for two-thirds of all jobs and also create the majority of new jobs. Therefore, the promotion of SMEs has been a key area of intervention for the ILO. Its advisory services on SME policies are in high demand among ILO member countries. The ILO provides added value because of its focus on both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of employment creation and the fact that it serves constituents that provide a large potential outreach.

The 2015 ILO Report on SMEs and employment creation provides up-to-date evidence on the relevance of SMEs for employment, the key constraints faced by SMEs and their workers, and the effectiveness of measures to support this enterprise segment.

News

  1. Briefing note

    A Market Systems Approach to Decent Work

    07 December 2016

  2. Briefing note

    A Market Systems Approach to Decent Work

    07 December 2016

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    Practical guidance on how to combine vocational and business management training

    09 November 2016

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    01 November 2016

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