Happy World Statistics Day!

Today we celebrate the third World Statistics Day with the theme “Connecting the world with data we can trust”. This theme reflects on the importance of trust, authoritative data, innovation and the public good in national statistical systems. On this occasion, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder issued a message to remind us of the importance of data we can trust and recognizing the work of statisticians and national statistical offices around the world.

Resources for data producers

Build a labour force survey (LFS) questionnaire using the ILO model using PAPI and CAPI

How to produce statistics according to the classifications for ICSE and ICSaW

Guidance on carrying out statistical operations during a pandemic for the collection of labour statistics

For Data Users


The latest figures by country


Quickly find, customize and download data



Get insights on the latest trends in labour statistics


Learn more about labour statistics, from data stories to methodological issues

For Data Producers


Build a labour force survey (LFS) questionnaire using the ILO model


Guidance on producing statistics according to the new classifications for ICSE and ICSaW

Upcoming events

Measuring and analysing labour migration

The course aims to equip national and international stakeholders with the necessary capacities to better measure and analyse labour migration and produce timely, high-quality, updated migration statistics based on internationally agreed standards and guidelines for evidence-based policy-making. ...
26 Oct - 04 Dec
ITCILO e-campus
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What we do

We deliver comprehensive labour statistics for better evidence-based policymaking. Our activities include:

We work on setting international standards in the field of labour statistics mainly through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), during which Resolutions and Guidelines are adopted by the Conference and then approved by the Governing Body of the ILO.

We have an active programme of methodological research to identify and promote good practices in the collection and reporting of labour statistics. This work is done both to provide support to countries and to inform ongoing standard setting work. The research work spreads across a wide range of topics with a changing focus over time reflecting latest demands and work required to support standard setting and implementation.


We compile labour statistics from numerous sources such as labour force surveys, establishment surveys and administrative records. 

We also produce labour market indicators from national household survey microdata and estimate country-level, regional and global figures through econometric modelling.


The data we compile and produce are disseminated on ILOSTAT through a variety of data tools. They are also widely re-published by other organizations, most notably by the World Bank in the World Development Indicators database. 

We also analyse trends, which are published in our blog and in statistical briefs Spotlight on Work Statistics.

We provide technical cooperation, assistance and training in labour statistics to our member States. Our areas of expertise include the application of international standards, data production, analysis and dissemination tools and practices.