Key Publications

  1. Brief No. 1 - What counts?

    August 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.

  2. Visualizing Labour Markets: A quick guide to charting labour statistics

    June 2018

    Make your data count by building effective charts which convey simple but striking messages. Learn how in ILOSTAT’s new publication Visualizing labour markets: A quick guide to charting labour statistics.

  3. Paid employment vs vulnerable employment

    June 2018

    Find out the latest trends in employment by status category and how paid employment compares to vulnerable employment around the world in Paid employment vs vulnerable employment, the third issue of our series Spotlight on work statistics.

  4. What about seniors?

    May 2018

    Learn about the situation of older persons in the labour market in What about seniors?, the first issue of our new series Spotlight on work statistics where we use ILOSTAT data to explore various labour market issues.

  5. Where are the Jobs?

    May 2018

    Learn about employment patterns across sectors and occupations in Where are the jobs?, the second issue of our new series Spotlight on work statistics.

  6. Women and men in the informal economy: A statistical picture. Third edition


    This publication provides for the first time comparable estimates on the size of the informal economy and a statistical profile of informality in all its diversity at the global and regional levels.

  7. Reports of the main findings from ILO LFS Pilot Study Programme


    These reports present the findings from the ILO Labour Force Survey (LFS) Pilot Study Programme which was implemented from 2015 to 2017 in follow up to the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS). These studies were designed to provide evidence for the development of guidance on good practices for implementation through LFS of the ground-breaking standards agreed at the 19th ICLS covering work, employment and labour underutilization.

  8. Quick guide on sources and uses of labour statistics

    November 2017

    This guide walks readers through the basics of labour statistics, from their conception to their final use. It includes key information on sources, standards, concepts, definitions, scope and interpretation of labour statistics, making it a valuable tool for anyone wanting to learn the essentials of labour statistics.

  9. Report on the pilot project towards developing statistical tools for measuring employment in the environmental sector and generating statistics on green jobs

    December 2014

    This paper reports on the pilot surveys conducted in Albania at the end of 2013. The main objective of these pilot surveys was to improve the methodology for data collection on employment in the environmental sector and green jobs.

  10. Sampling elusive populations: Application to studies of child labour

    This Manual complements the earlier volume on Sampling for household-based surveys of child labour brought out by within the framework of the ILO-IPEC Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour (SIMPOC) and contributes to survey methodology that goes beyond the particular subject of child labour. Thus, anyone interested in issues and practical solutions to problems such as sampling from imperfect frames or sampling difficult populations would benefit from the contents of this Manual.

  11. Measuring Employment in the Tourism Industries Beyond the Tourism Satellite Account: A Case Study of Canada

    May 2014

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) jointly consider tourism to be one of the most dynamic sectors of economic activity in modern times, generating a wide range of benefits for tourism host and tourist-generating countries and destinations, including employment generation, foreign exchange earnings and contribution to GDP” (ILO, 2010). They also note that, despite recent measurement advances in the specialized fields of tourism statistics and tourism macroeconomics, employment in the tourism industries, and the economic value of tourism in terms of employment as a source of productive labour, remain inadequately measured and insufficiently studied (ILO, 2010).
    To fill this gap, the ILO and UNWTO have joined their efforts to improve statistical data on tourism related employment. This collaboration was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations culminating in the implementation of a Joint ILO/UNWTO Project on the Measurement of Employment and Decent Work in the Tourism Industries.

  12. ILO Projections of the Economically Active Population - Revised Methodology of the 2011 Edition

    April 2012

    The International Labour Office (ILO) programme on estimates and projections of the economically active population (EPEAP) is part of a larger international effort on demographic estimates and projections to which several UN agencies contribute. Estimates and projections of the total population and its components by sex and age group are produced by the UN Population Division, and employed populations by the ILO, the agricultural population by FAO and the school attending population by UNESCO.

  13. Social Dialogue Indicators Collecting information through Labour Force Surveys

    February 2012

    Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are at the core of decent work. They are fundamental rights at work and the foundations of sound industrial relations and effective social dialogue. Data and indicators on trade union membership and coverage of collective agreements, together with other qualitative indicators, are important for monitoring the progress made towards the effective realization of these rights at work. The measurement of these social dialogue indicators is also essential for assessing the quality of industrial relations and its impact on employment and working conditions.

  14. Projections of Economically Active Population - A Review of National and International Methodologies

    December 2011

    Since 1971, the ILO has a programme on estimates and projections of the economically active population (EAP). The main objective of this programme is to provide constituents, international agencies and the public at large with the most comprehensive, detailed and comparable estimates and projections of the EAP in the world. In this context, regular estimates and projection are produced and published by the ILO.

  15. Social Dialogue Indicators International Statistical Inquiry 2008-09

    November 2011

    Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining are fundamental principles and rights at work. They are the bedrock of sound industrial relations and effective social dialogue. Indicators of trade union representation and collective bargaining coverage can assist in monitoring progress toward the realization of these rights. They also provide valuable information on the quality of industrial and employment relations and its role in labour market governance.

  16. Informal employment in Namibia 2008

    11 March 2011

    This paper reports on analysis of data from Namibia’s 2008 Labour Force Survey (LFS) so as to describe and compare informal and formal employment in the country. The paper is based on an understanding of informal employment which goes beyond the traditional concept of “informal sector”.

  17. Beyond the measurement of unemployment and underemployment

    11 March 2011

    The report of the ILO Working Group on Labour Underutilization entitled “Beyond Unemployment: Measurement of Other Forms of Labour Underutilization” (ILO 2008) revisits the appropriateness of the current international standards concerning the statistical measurement of employment and unemployment. It suggests that the standard indicator of unemployment is maintained, while at the same time it calls for the introduction of supplementary indicators of various dimensions of underemployment.

  18. Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work

    23 March 2011

    This Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work is intended to guide countries in generating systematic and comparable data on volunteer work via regular supplements to labour force or other household surveys. The objective is to make available comparative cross-national data on a significant form of work that is growing in importance but that is often ignored or rarely captured in traditional economic statistics. Doing so will help to fulfill the United Nations Secretary General’s recommendations in his follow-up to the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers report (United Nations, 2005) that governments “vigorously” pursue “actions to build up a knowledge base” about volunteer work and to “establish the economic value of volunteering.”