Methods in labour statistics

Resolutions and guidelines

Statistical standards adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) organized by topic

Resolution concerning statistics of employment in the informal sector

Guidelines concerning a statistical definition of informal employment


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. Learn more in the discussion paper from the first meeting of the working group.

Measuring decent work

Making the invisible visible

Guides and manuals

In-depth guidance on producing and using labour statistics, including the application of international standards