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 2018/19: What lies behind gender pay gaps

Global Wage Report 2018/19: What lies behind gender pay gaps

The 2018/19 edition analyses the gender pay gap. The report focuses on two main challenges: how to find the most useful means for measurement, and how to break down the gender pay gap in ways that best inform policy-makers and social partners of the factors that underlie it. The report also includes a review of key policy issues regarding wages and the reduction of gender pay gaps in different national circumstances.


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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

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

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 framework for wages statistics

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

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.


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