Employment services

Employment services, whether provided by public employment services or private employment agencies, are critical to preparing workers, jobseekers and employers for the economic recovery. They enhance employability and facilitate job matching and placement, necessary for smooth labour market transitions. Inclusive and gender-sensitive approaches can accelerate the recovery and encourage labour market participation of those who face obstacles and were hard hit by the pandemic such as the youth, older workers, women, the disabled, migrants and forcibly displaced persons.

Employment services Conventions

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is preparing a global campaign to promote the ratification and implementation of the Employment Service Convention, 1948 (No. 88) and the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181).

Promote a fair recovery through decent and productive employment: ratify Conventions No. 88 and No. 181 on public & private employment services

Ratifying the Conventions supports a human-centred recovery that benefits workers, employers and the economy itself.

The Conventions promote:
  • Trusted placement and recruitment services
  • A better match of skills to business needs
  • Balanced rules that enable businesses and protect workers
  • Responsible and fair recruitment
  • Reduction of informal employment

Join the campaign

A multi-staged global campaign strategy (to be uploaded) will reach out to governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, civil society and private sector companies, as well as policy makers, businesses and partners.

Labour Standards: Employment Services

  1. Why ratify C88?

  2. Why ratify C181?