Statistics on wages
Access to employment for all is a key goal of policymakers around the globe. Employment is indeed a core element of our livelihoods and lives. However, having a job is no guarantee of a decent living: job quality is required as well. Working conditions on the job will determine to a great extent our living conditions.
Remuneration is a crucial aspect of working conditions. Decent work is productive work which provides workers with adequate earnings, ensuring satisfactory living conditions for workers and their families. At the same time, monitoring the evolution of wages and earnings provides insights into the extent to which workers benefit from gains in productivity.
The objective of non-discrimination and equal treatment in employment implies that workers should receive equal pay for work of equal value. Disaggregated data for wages statistics serve to assess the extent to which this is true.
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Global Wage Report 2020-21: Wages and minimum wages in the time of COVID-19
The 2020-21 edition of the Global Wage Report reviews minimum wage systems across the world and identifies the conditions under which minimum wages can reduce inequality. The report presents comprehensive data on levels of minimum wages, their effectiveness, and the number and characteristics of workers paid at or below the minimum. It highlights how adequate minimum wages, statutory or negotiated, can play a key role in a human-centred recovery from the crisis.
Sources and Methods Volume 4: Administrative records and related sources (2004) – Employment, unemployment, wages and hours of work
This volume presents national methodological descriptions of statistics of employment, unemployment, wages and hours of work, derived from administrative records and related sources. It is a revised and updated version of the first edition issued in 1989, and contains 124 descriptions in respect of 102 countries, areas and territories.
Resolution concerning household income and expenditure statistics
Adopted by the 17th ICLS (2003), this resolution aims to promote the development and use of household income and household expenditure statistics along sound lines and also to promote consistency in their measurement as well as improvement in their quality and international comparability.
Resolution concerning the measurement of employment-related income
Adopted by the 16th ICLS (1998), this resolution provides international guidelines on the measurement of income related to paid and self-employment in order to promote the development of these statistics along sound lines and improve their international comparability.
An integrated system of wages statistics: A manual on methods
The main purpose of the present manual is to aid national labour statisticians engaged in or proposing to start the compilation of statistics of wages and hours of work. It is also intended to serve as a source of reference for ILO experts in labour statistics assisting developing countries under the technical co-operation programmes.
Resolution concerning an integrated system of wages statistics
Adopted by the 12th ICLS (1973), this resolution revises, broadens and integrates the prior standards in order to provide guidelines for the production of comprehensive and mutually consistent statistics of wages (including salaries) and the need to co-ordinate these statistics with other economic and social statistics.