Publications on fair recruitment


  1. Coordination and role of key stakeholders in setting up and implementing policies and procedures to facilitate recruitment, preparation, protection abroad, and return and reintegration: Background paper to the 7th AFML

    15 December 2015

    The ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration has identified a number of guidelines on how best to promote international cooperation on labour migration.

  2. Regulating recruitment of migrant workers: A policy position paper of the ASEAN Confederation of Employers

    25 September 2015

    As part of the employers’ component of the ASEAN Triangle project an Action Plan to fully engaging employers’ organizations in ASEAN processes was developed with the ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE.) Five priority areas namely: skills matching and mobility, occupational safety and health, hiring of migrant workers, elimination of forced labour and human trafficking, and non-discrimination in the workplace were identified. Regional meetings, training, policy and research work in each of these areas (with non-discrimination to follow in early 2016) were undertaken to strengthen the voice of employers in national and regional level policy discussions. These publications are the ACE policy position papers on four of the priority areas that were drafted, discussed and adapted as a result of regional meetings and workshops and later adopted by ACE.

  3. Regulating labour recruitment to prevent human trafficking and to foster fair migration: Models, challenges and opportunities

    24 June 2015

    This working paper presents the role of international labour standards in regulating recruitment and provides a preliminary overview of national laws, policies, regulations and enforcement mechanism which aim to prevent fraudulent recruitment practices and protect workers from unscrupulous labour recruiters.

  4. For a fee: The business of recruiting Bangladeshi women for domestic work in Jordan and Lebanon

    24 June 2015

    This working paper aims to shed light on the business models of labour recruiters that facilitate the recruitment of women from South Asian countries into domestic work in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Bangladesh, Jordan and Lebanon.

  5. Global labour recruitment in a supply chain context

    24 June 2015

    This working paper discusses regulatory models and other measures available to stop abusive recruitment practices. It seeks to explain why the labour recruitment market operates as it does, and to propose responses that combat those market forces which create an environment conducive to abuse and fraud.


  1. Causes of and potential redress for high recruitment and migration costs in Bangladesh

    31 August 2014

    Study on Bangladesh's efforts to make international recruitment cost effective, transparent, and consistent by bringing into force a variety of measures.

  2. Private employment agencies and labour dispatch in China

    12 June 2014

    This paper, written by LIU Genghua, discusses the development of private employment agencies in China, highlighting some of the main issues of concern to the agency industry.

  3. Recruitment practices of employment agencies recruiting migrant workers

    18 May 2014

    A review aimed at improving recruitment regulations and drafting recruitment guidelines.


  1. Law and practice of private employment agency work in South Africa

    03 December 2013

    This paper, written by Paul Benjamin, presents the findings of a study on laws, regulations and practice relating to the work of employment agencies in South Africa, covering the “labour broking” industry and the recruitment and placement of individuals in permanent or temporary employment.

  2. Private employment agencies in South Africa

    03 December 2013

    Presents findings about the work of private employment agencies in South Africa, focusing on empirical and statistical aspects. Covers temporary agency work and recruitment and placement of individuals in permanent or temporary jobs. It highlights data shortcomings and suggests improvements.