Statistics on social protection Universal social protection is essential for realizing the human right to social security for all, advancing social justice and promoting inclusive growth, and accelerating progress towards achieving the globally agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Featured publication World Social ProtectionRead more

Data collection and production ILOSTAT provides users with comprehensive international data across a wide range of labour-related topics. But how does the ILO collect and compile all these data? Three main methods are used: automated data collection, microdata processing and the annual ILOSTAT questionnaire. In addition to these, the ILORead more

Statistics on international labour migration In today’s globalized world, labour migration is an increasingly important policy issue. Economic hardship and geopolitical crises leading to the lack of decent work are resulting in growing and diverse migratory movements. In many economies, including emerging economies, ageing populations and declining labour forces areRead more

Partnerships To improve the availability of labour statistics in support of evidence-based policies 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 toRead more

Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics The United Nations Statistical Commission adopted the fundamental principles of official statistics in 1994 at the global level, which were then adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. In 2018, the ILO Director-General fully committed to these principles 1. Relevance, impartiality and equal access Official statisticsRead more

Capacity building and technical assistance in labour statistics More and better data for evidence-based policy The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development highlights the world’s commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth. Indicators were established to enable global, regional and national monitoring of theRead more

Dissemination tools We disseminate data through a variety of channels to meet the needs of different types of users, including: Summary tables in Excel Bulk download facility ILOSTAT Excel Add-in Rilostat (R package) SDMX API SDMX Query Builder For more information, refer to our data page. Analysis ILOSTAT is a recurrentRead more

The ILO Department of Statistics has 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 wideRead more

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ILOSTAT is hosted by the ILO Department of Statistics,the focal point to the UN for labour statistics. We are the custodian agency for 14 SDG labour market related indicators. Learn more on SDGs Standards We set international standards for labour statistics through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS). ThisRead more

Labour Force Survey (LFS) Pilot Study Programme Implementing international standards of the 19th ICLS Overview The Labour Force Survey (LFS) Pilot programme is an ILO initiative to support the implementation of the international standards on statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization recently adopted by the 19th International Conference of LabourRead more

Sustainable Development Labour statistics for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its accompanying monitoring framework has major implications for national statistical systems worldwide as they face the complex task of producing reliable, consistent and comparable statistics for an increasing number of goals and targets. TheRead more

Unpaid work Subsistence production, unpaid care work and volunteer work Unpaid work is an everyday feature of everyone’s life, in all households and societies. Its role in supporting the well-being of individuals, households and communities is indisputable. It can take the form of goods and services provided within households andRead more

Statistics on wages Access to employment for all is a key goal of policymakers around the globe. Employment is indeed a core element of our livelihoods and lives. However, having a job is no guarantee of a decent living: job quality is required as well. Working conditions on the jobRead more

Statistics on the working-age population and labour force The working-age population is a central concept in labour statistics. Changes in the size of the working-age population (usually defined as persons ages 15 and over) can impact significantly the labour market and the economy. A growing working-age population provides opportunities forRead more

Statistics on the informal economy In many countries, informal employment represents a significant part of the economy and labour market and plays a major role in production, employment creation and income generation. However, informality puts workers at a higher risk of vulnerability and precariousness. Indeed, informality has a strong adverseRead more