Publications on fair recruitment


  1. Guiding principles on the access of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to the labour market

    28 November 2016

  2. General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment

    25 November 2016

  3. Working Paper on Operational Parameters to Assess Fair Recruitment Practices

    22 June 2016

    These parameters list a series of questions and issues that should be looked into in order to assess recruitment practices.

  4. Code of Ethical Conduct for Licensed Overseas Employment Promoters

    22 June 2016

    The Code of Ethical Conduct (CoC) was prepared by the Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA) with support by the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project. The objective of this CoC is to promote fair recruitment practices in Pakistan through industry self-regulation.

  5. Regulating International Labour Recruitment in the Domestic Work Sector

    07 April 2016

    Regulating International Labour Recruitment in the Domestic Work Sector: A Review of key issues, challenges and opportunities

  6. Case studies in the international recruitment of nurses: Promising practices in recruitment among agencies in the United Kingdom, India, and the Philippines

    15 March 2016

    This report is a product of the ILO’s Decent Work Across Borders project: A Pilot project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers, funded by the European Union. Although the number of ethical recruitment agencies is increasing, many migrants continue to be exposed to the risk of being lured into exploitative employment by unscrupulous brokers, agencies and employers. Noting that a segment of the recruitment industry has been active in promoting fair and ethical recruitment standards, this publication raises the visibility of promising or good practices, emanating from this particular group of agencies.

  7. Protection of migrant workers in the recruitment and third party employment process: International standards and guiding principles given by the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181) and Private Employment Agencies Recommendation, 1997 (No. 188)

    05 February 2016

    This publication discusses the issue of protection of migrant workers in the employment process, in particular the international standards and guiding principles given by the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181) and Private Employment Agencies Recommendation, 1997 (No. 188).


  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.