1. Labour market access - a persistent challenge for youth around the world

    12 March 2019

    The fifth issue of our series Spotlight on work statistics uses the first ever global estimates of youth not in employment, education or training along with other youth labour market indicators to explore the situation of youth in labour markets around the world, and unveil the additional challenges they face.

  2. Quick guide on interpreting the unemployment rate

    06 March 2019

    The unemployment rate is a key labour market indicator, but it has many shortcomings which we must take into account when interpreting it. The Quick guide on interpreting the unemployment rate provides helpful information on all the main aspects underlying this headline indicator and its limitations. It also provides tips to communicate effectively on the unemployment rate.

  3. Report of the Conference

    16 January 2019

    Based on several comments received from the participants of the 20th ICLS, the draft Report of the Conference was finalized and being presented here. Many thanks for all the contributions.


  1. ILOSTAT Microdata Processing Quick Guide. Principles and methods underlying the ILO’s processing of anonymized household survey microdata

    29 November 2018

  2. Quick guide on sources and uses of collective bargaining statistics

    02 November 2018

    Collective bargaining statistics are crucial to assess labour markets but also the state of industrial relations. However, the particularities linked with the data sources and data quality make collective bargaining statistics a very challenging field of labour statistics. Get information about all the main aspects of collective bargaining statistics in this quick guide.

  3. Decent Work and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

    15 October 2018

    This Guidebook provides a detailed overview of the labour market indicators included in the Sustainable Development Goals Global Indicator Framework. It is intended to serve as a manual of best practices for calculating and interpreting the SDG labour market indicators, with a view to monitoring progress made at the national and international levels towards the achievement of the SDGs.

  4. Report II - Statistics on work relationships - 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, Geneva, 10 - 19 October 2018

    10 September 2018

  5. Report I - General Report - 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, Geneva, 10 - 19 October 2018

    10 September 2018

  6. Avoiding unemployment is not enough: An analysis of other forms of labour underutilization

    05 September 2018

    Discover the patterns around the world of unemployment and other forms of labour underutilization, including time-related underemployment, the potential labour force and over-education in Avoiding unemployment is not enough, the fourth issue of our series Spotlight on work statistics.

  7. Statistics on Work - Brief No. 1 - What counts?

    31 July 2018

    The Statistics on Work - Brief No. 1 explores the potential role of light time-use approaches to measure productive activities in view of the latest standards on work statistics adopted by the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2013. Country practices in light time-use survey designs are scarce. The Brief provides a critical overview of the available evidence, highlighting their cost-effectiveness and respondent-friendly features as key assets for their potential integration with Labour Force Surveys to measure different forms of work, provided context variables and simultaneous activities are included. The Brief further identifies the need for testing in developing countries, where challenges related to illiteracy and informality will need to be addressed in the instrument design and data collection strategy.