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Labour Market-Related SDG Indicators (ILOSDG database)

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As a custodian agency, the ILO reports to the UN data for 14 SDG indicators, grouped under 5 of the 17 Goals. The statistical indicators are presented in the ILOSDG database. These figures may differ from those in the UN SDG Global Indicators Database. Data are reported to the UN annually whereas the ILOSDG database in ILOSTAT is updated more regularly. Moreover, the selection criteria for submission to the UN is stricter, thus the ILOSDG database will include more records.

Tier classification criteria

To facilitate the implementation of the global indicator framework, all indicators are classified by the IAEG-SDGs into three tiers based on their level of methodological development and the availability of data at the global level, as follows:
  • Tier 1: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, and data are regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant.
  • Tier 2: Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data are not regularly produced by countries.
  • Tier 3: No internationally established methodology or standards are yet available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or tested. (As of the 51st session of the UN Statistical Commission, the global indicator framework does not contain any Tier III indicators)

All indicators are equally important, and the establishment of the tier system is intended solely to assist in the development of global implementation strategies. For tier I and II indicators, the availability of data at the national level may not necessarily align with the global tier classification and countries can create their own tier classification for implementation.

Metadata by indicator

The following are links to the UN E-Handbook on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators’ pages for which indicators are in ILOSTAT, which reflect the latest metadata provided to the UN. They include concepts, definitions, data sources, methods of computation, limitations, and further references.

Indicator 1.1.1: Proportion of the population living below the international poverty line by sex, age, employment status and geographic location (urban/rural)

Indicator 1.3.1: Proportion of population covered by social protection floors/systems, by sex, distinguishing children, unemployed persons, older persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, newborns, work-injury victims and the poor and the vulnerable

Indicator 5.5.2: Proportion of women in managerial positions

Indicator 8.2.1: Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person

Indicator 8.3.1: Proportion of informal employment in total employment, by sector and sex

Indicator 8.5.1: Average hourly earnings of employees, by sex, age, occupation and persons with disabilities

Indicator 8.5.2: Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities 

Indicator 8.6.1: Proportion of youth (aged 15-24 years) not in education, employment or training

Indicator 8.7.1: Proportion and number of children aged 5-17 years engaged in child labour, by sex and age

Indicator 8.8.1: Fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers, by sex and migrant status

Indicator 10.4.1: Labour share of GDP

Additional information is also available on ILOSTAT for the labour rights indicator:

Indicator 8.8.2: Level of national compliance with labour rights (freedom of association and collective bargaining) based on ILO textual sources and national legislation, by sex and migrant status


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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.

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