Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.


The Sectoral Policies Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.


  1. Publication

    Presentation of the Office report

    29 November 2022

  2. Publication

    Contribution of the forest sector to total employment in national economies - Estimating the number of people employed in the forest sector

    25 November 2022

    This study employs a new method to fill the gaps of missing data points in order to provide sound total employment estimates in the forest sector on a global scale.

  3. Publication

    The future of work in the oil and gas industry: Opportunities and challenges for a just transition to a future of work that contributes to sustainable development

    31 October 2022

  4. Publication

    The future of work and skills in the textiles and clothing sector

    13 September 2022

    Anticipating skills needs and finding solutions through social dialogue in Brazil, Ethiopia, Jordan and Peru

  5. ILO working paper 73

    Social dialogue in the Public Services in South Asia

    17 August 2022

    A comparative overview of the laws, institutions and practices in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

  6. Rural economy

    Decent work deficits among rural workers

    07 July 2022

    This report is a summary of the findings of 16 case studies commissioned by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) in mid-2021 to examine the situation concerning decent work and existing opportunities for trade union organizing in rural economies in selected countries and economic sectors in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Eastern Europe.

  7. Publication

    National Workshop: Lack of skilled ICT personnel in Indonesia: can we still compete?

    30 June 2022

    Summary report of the webinar held on 19 May 2022

  8. Publication

    National workshop: "Towards a brighter future of work in the Indian digital economy"

    30 June 2022

    Summary report of the webinar held on 25 May 2022

  9. ILO working paper 67

    Social dialogue in the Public Services in selected ASEAN Countries

    17 June 2022

    A comparative overview of the laws, institutions and practices in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand

  10. ILO working paper 58

    Diversity of practices in social dialogue in the public service in selected African countries

    20 April 2022