Child labour statistics

Numbers on the extent, characteristics and determinants of child labour are provided by the Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour (SIMPOC), which assists countries in the collection, documentation, processing and analysis of child labour relevant data. This page provides extracts of the available information. Refer to the SIMPOC page for a wealth of statistical tools, data and reports. These include questionnaires for child labour surveys, manuals and training kits on how to carry out child labour data collection, guidance on how to process and analyse the collected information, microdatasets and survey reports from around the world, research on statistical issues, and regular trends reports.

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Child labour global estimates 2020

Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward

Published for the first time jointly by the ILO and UNICEF, as co-custodians of Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the report takes stock of where we stand in the global effort to end child labour.


Indicator description: Child labour

Indicator descriptions provide a concise overview of concepts and definitions, uses, sources and limitations.

ILO-IPEC interactive tools in sampling with household-based child labour surveys

The set of interactive tools are designed to support the procedures for sample design, sample selection, sample weights and sampling errors arising from the use of probabilistic samples. For each topic there is an Excel sheet structured around inputs values that users are required to specify and output values automatically calculated by means of integrated formulas and intermediary calculations. Each Excel sheet has an associated user instructions explaining in detail their use and providing numerical examples for users to practice.

Resolution to amend the 18th ICLS Resolution concerning statistics of child labour

Resolution to amend the 18th ICLS Resolution concerning statistics of child labour

Adopted by the 20th ICLS (2018), this resolution sets standards for the collection, compilation and analysis of national child labour statistics, to guide countries in updating their existing statistical system in this field, or to establish such a system. The standards should also help to facilitate the international comparability of child labour statistics by minimizing methodological differences across countries.

Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

Decent Work and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

This Guidebook provides a detailed overview of the labour market indicators included in the Sustainable Development Goals Global Indicator Framework. It is intended to serve as a manual of best practices for calculating and interpreting the SDG labour market indicators, with a view to monitoring progress made at the national and international levels towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Sampling elusive populations

Sampling elusive populations: Applications 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.

Resolution concerning statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization

Adopted by the 19th ICLS (2013), this resolution sets standards for work statistics to guide countries in updating and integrating their existing statistical programmes in this field. It defines the statistical concept of work for reference purposes and provides operational concepts, definitions and guidelines for: (a) distinct subsets of work activities, referred to as forms of work; (b) related classifications of the population according to their labour force status and main form of work; (c) measures of labour underutilization.

Hard to see, harder to count: Survey guidelines to estimate forced labour

Hard to see, harder to count: Survey guidelines to estimate forced labour of adults and children

These guidelines have present specific guidance and tools for the design, implementation and analysis of quantitative surveys on forced labour of adults and children. The pilot surveys conducted by the ILO and its national partners revealed both the strengths and limitations of the tools proposed. The high quality of the results obtained, however, demonstrated the potential of the innovative methods used, which complement the more widespread use of qualitative data collection methods in this field.

Sampling for household-based surveys of child labour

Sampling for household-based surveys of child labour

This manual presents a wide range of sampling techniques for household-based child labour surveys with a particular emphasis on sampling design and selection procedures. It is meant to assist survey professionals in statistical offices, universities and research organizations. Many of the concepts and approaches introduced by the Manual are illustrated with examples from SIMPOC child labour surveys conducted in all major world regions.

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