Publications

The Sectoral Activities 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.

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.

2020

  1. © The National Guard 2020

    COVID-19 and care workers providing home or institution-based care

    16 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the already overburdened and understaffed home and institution-based care sector in many countries. This brief highlights the challenges faced in the recruitment, deployment, retention and protection of sufficient numbers of well-trained and motivated care workers. Sustainable investment in health and social care systems, including in the workforce itself, and in decent working conditions are needed to ensure the preparedness and resilience of the sector in times of crisis and beyond. Ensuring that care workers, together with their employers and other relevant stakeholders have an opportunity to make their voices heard is critical if they are to play a full and active role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. The Protection We Want: Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific

    15 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for well-functioning social protection systems in the region as never before. A new UN report reveals that despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps.

  3. The role of social dialogue in formulating social protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis

    07 October 2020

    The principles of tripartism and social dialogue are key for social protection development, reforms and governance. Social dialogue and consultations with social partners and other stakeholders are particularly important for devising coordinated policy responses, including to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. © Mwasalat 2020

    COVID-19 and Urban Passenger Transport Services

    05 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unparalleled consequences to urban passenger transport services. The impact on the different urban mobility modes is widespread but a common denominator has been the decline of ridership across all modes. Urban transport workers are serving those who serve: hospital, care and other critical service workers. Yet, they can find themselves at the forefront of service provision during the pandemic and may be at high risk of illness. This policy brief seeks to summarize the issues relating to COVID-19 and urban passenger transport workers. The brief discusses the mains impacts of the pandemic in the sector. It also includes information on the tripartite and sectoral measures that employers, workers and governments have taken to support the sector and its workers, and on the ILO’s principles and tools, including international labour standards.

  5. Synthesis report: Skills shortages and labour migration in the field of information and communication technology in Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand

    22 September 2020

  6. Skills shortages and labour migration in the field of information and communication technology in Canada, China, Germany and Singapore

    18 September 2020

  7. © WaterAid 2020

    Hand hygiene at the workplace: an essential occupational safety and health prevention and control measure against COVID-19

    08 September 2020

  8. UN Policy brief: COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism

    28 August 2020

  9. COVID-19 and accommodation and food service activities: Prevention and control checklist

    26 August 2020

    This checklist is designed as a practical and participatory tool to help implement and continuously improve practical action to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in accommodation and food service activities.

  10. COVID-19 and health facilities: Checklist of measures to be taken in health facilities

    15 July 2020

    This checklist applies the ILO-WHO HealthWISE participatory, action-orientated approach to prevent COVID-19 infection in health facilities and protect health personnel. HealthWISE is a practical, participative method for improving the quality of workplaces and practices in health facilities. This checklist with a focus on how to protect health personnel during the response to COVID-19 has been drawn up by the ILO (International Labour Organization) in consultation with WHO (World Health Organization) and with the support of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund of the joint ILO-OECD-WHO programme Working for Health (version 1, June 2020).