Improving the availability of labour statistics in support of evidence-based policies
The ILO have partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to engender statistical standards on the informal economy. A three-year project involves identifying gender gaps in informality statistics and developing methods to address them. It supports testing of labour force survey questions and methods in at least two countries during 2021 and 2022. The project will ensure gender considerations are integrated in the revised standards for informality statistics and accompanying guidance and tools.
In 2014, the ILO partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank under the Women’s Work and Employment Partnership, supported by Data2X, with the goal of addressing challenges in measuring work and employment to ensure that women are counted. The partnership supports research in two core areas: subsistence production and unpaid care work.
Project activities focus on providing evidence on good practices and for contributing to global work on time-use statistics under the leadership of the United Nations Statistics Division.
ILO and Statistics Korea are engaged in a project for capacity-building and data-sharing on international labour migration. The project covers 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The first memorandum of understanding signed in 2015 has been successfully implemented from 2015 to 2019. A second MOU is now in place from 2020 to 2024.
Between 2015 and 2017, the ILO conducted a 10-country pilot study to develop evidence on how best to update national labour force surveys to produce key headline labour market indicators aligned with the new standards adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2013. The results of the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the study have been consolidated in a number of guidelines and tools put together under the “LFS Resources” project. Many of these tools related to data collection (CAPI and PAPI methods), field operations management and microdata preparation have been developed in CSPro with the close collaboration of the United States Census Bureau in training supporting our staff.