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Table of Contents ILOSTAT has a wealth of information on labour statistics, from free access to almost 100 million data points to extensive statistical guidance.  Below are tips on getting started with finding data and statistical resources.  Site navigation Menus The top-level menu provides access to the main items available on the ILOSTAT site – data, …

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Current projects

Current and recent technical assistance projects Highlights from Q1 2020 to present Africa Abidjan: To provide training during a sub-regional workshop for French-speaking countries in West Africa and Maghreb sub-regions to strengthen national capacities in data analysis on child labour (funded by the project “Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains …

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ICLS documents

International Conference of Labour Statisticians ICLS meeting documents 20th ICLS – 10 to 19 October 2018 The Conference adopted four resolutions concerning statistics on work relationships, child labour and the methodology of SDG indicators on labour rights and youth employment. Resolutions and Guidelines Reports Presentations Room documents Other documents Related topics Resolutions and Guidelines Adopted …

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Data collection and production

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: microdata processing, automated data collection, and the annual ILOSTAT questionnaire. In addition to these, the ILO produces modelled estimates and projections …

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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 …

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Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

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 statistics provide an indispensable element in …

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LFS research and development

Developing statistical standards and best practices in survey design 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 …

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International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS)

The ICLS is a vehicle for standard-setting in labour statistics, hosted by the ILO every five years ICLS participants include experts from governments, mostly from ministries responsible for labour and national statistical offices, as well as from employer’s and worker’s organizations. Regional and international organizations and other interest groups attend as observers. Activities The ICLS …

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