Concepts and definitions

The framework on work statistics has been widely publicized over the years, particularly to data producers and policymakers, as it was designed to improve labour market and gender analysis. But little has been said to data users interested in international comparisons. Until now. Here is the ILOSTAT solution to handling the impacts of revised definitions occurring on different schedules across the globe.

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Resolutions and guidelines

Statistical standards adopted by the ICLS


Resolution concerning statistics of employment in the informal sector

Guidelines concerning a statistical definition of informal employment

NOTE: The ILO established a working group for the revision of the standards for statistics on informality.  The revision will lead to the replacement of the existing standards of informality with a coherent set of statistical standards which conceptually and operationally define the different concepts necessary for measurement of work and economic activity in the informal economy.

Guides and manuals

In-depth guidance on producing and using labour statistics, including applying international standards

Volunteer work measurement guide

The guide provides survey designers with the latest ILO tools and recommendations to produce statistics on volunteer work in line with the current international standards.

Consumer Price Index Manual: Concepts and Methods | 2020

The manual provides an overview of the methods and practices national statistical offices should consider when making decisions on how to deal with the various problems in the compilation of a consumer price index (CPI). It is an update of the 2004 CPI manual.

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Search all methodological publications by type and topic

Note: Many publications are available only in English. If available in other languages, a new page will open displaying the options on the right. 

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