Other Selected Resources

Thailand Country Brief on ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

The brief examines the impact of the AEC on Thailand's labour markets through economic model simulations, with the aim of offering evidence-based policy recommendations towards fostering better jobs and equitable growth. This note was based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) study "ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity", launched in 2014.

Minimum wages in the global garment industry Update for 2015

This research note compares minimum wage levels for garment workers across major apparel-exporting middle and low income economies for 2015.

Minimum wages in the global garment industry

This research note provides a brief overview of minimum wages for the garment sector in the top 25 apparel exporters from the developing world.

Strong export and job growth in Asia's garment and footwear sector

This research note examines wages and working conditions in the garment sector in a range of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nepal earthquake April 2015 preliminary employment impact assessment


This note analyses the employment impact of the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity
The joint ILO - Asian Development Bank report examines the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community on labour markets. It offers evidence-based policy recommendations for better jobs and equitable growth, including strengthening regional cooperation, facilitating structural change, improving job quality, enhancing skills, boosting productivity and wages, and managing labour migration.

Wages in Asia and the Pacific: Dynamic but uneven progress

This supplement to the ILO’s Global Wage Report 2014/15 summarizes the main wage developments in Asia and the Pacific. It discusses how the region compares to the global picture and goes into the role that wage employment plays for women and men across Asia and the Pacific. Trends are presented in greater detail for each of the three subregions, East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, and South Asia and some policy conclusions are drawn.

Minimum wages in the global garment industry
This research note provides a brief overview of minimum wages for the garment sector in the top 25 apparel exporters from the developing world.

Thailand - A labour market profile
This publication brings together available labour market indicators to provide the most up-to-date picture of the Thai labour market in a simple, easy-to-read style. It spans a wealth of socio-economic and labour market information – from gross domestic product growth rates, disparities, employment and unemployment to migration, labour shortages and working time and includes the gender and regional implications. The impact of the recent economic crisis on the labour market is also assessed, and the final chapter provides some conclusions and recommendations.

Women and labour markets in Asia: Rebalancing for gender equality
The report is a joint undertaking by the ADB and the ILO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, reflecting the high-level commitment of both organizations to gender equality in the region, as an economic and social investment that will generate enormous dividends for sustainable development in the region.

Recovery, job quality and policy priorities in developing Asia: Paper
The paper highlights recent economic developments, examines labour market trends and identifies some emerging policy priorities in the post-crisis era, with a focus on job quality, social protection, infrastructure development and inclusive financial services.

Recovery, job quality and policy priorities in developing Asia
Presented at the International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS) Conference in February 2011. It highlights the economic and labour market recovery challenges as well as identifies post-crisis policy priorities to enhance growth in the region.

Global Wage Report 2010/11: Wage policies in times of crisis
The second in a series of ILO reports focusing on wage developments, this volume reviews the global and regional wage trends during the years of the economic and financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.
ILO says economic crisis cut global wage growth by half
German briefing: Global Wage Report 2010/11
Executive summary of the Global Wage Report 1010/11: Wage Policies in time of crisis

DevInfo database version 6.0
The regional event “Using data in evidence-based decision-making - Launch of Dev Info version 6.0 in Asia and the Pacific” was organized on the occasion of the regional launch of the latest version of the DevInfo database system in Asia and the Pacific. The event took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 2 to 5 February 2010.

Report on the review of the ILO Decent Work Country Programme: Cambodia (2008-2010)
The report emphasises the review of the overall performance of the Decent Work Country Programmes including the role and relevance of ILO in Cambodia as well as progress and performance of the four outcomes.

Report on the review of the ILO Decent Work Country Programme: Lao PDR (2006-2009)
The report emphasises the review of the overall performance of the Country Programmes including the role and relevance of ILO in Lao PDR as well as progress and performance of the four outcomes.

High-Level Regional Forum on Responding to the Economic Crisis - Coherent Policies for Growth, Employment and Decent Work in Asia and the Pacific
In coping with the current crisis, most countries in Asia and the Pacific benefit from sound financial institutions and a record of sustained growth and macroeconomic stability. Poverty however remains widespread and systems of social protection are fragile and underdeveloped. Even a slight decline in the rates of economic growth can have dramatic social repercussions, particularly among vulnerable sectors and groups. Social distress intersects with political instabilities and tensions. A strong Asian response to the crisis is a critical component of the strategy to set the global economy on a sustainable path out of recession.
Summary report – participants’ views
Manila Forum Highlights

Global Wage Report 2008/9, Regional focus – Asia and the Pacific
The ILO’s first global wage report is published to discuss the major trends in the level and distribution of wages around the world. It also reviews the roles of minimum wages and collective bargaining and explores how to develop a coherence policy in the area of wages. This note summarizes its key findings and policy implications, focusing on the region of Asia and the Pacific.
Global Wage Report 2008/09: Minimum wages and collective bargaining: Towards policy coherence

Global employment trends
Global Employment Trends have been produced and published on a yearly basis since 2003. The report analyses the impact on the labour markets of a wide range of factors, ranging from population and economic growth to economic turbulence stemming from the credit crisis in industrialized countries, rising oil prices, and a projected slowdown in economic growth.

Global Employment Trends for Youth, October 2008
The ILO's third edition of the Global Employment Trends for Youth (October 2008) examines the most recent labour market indicators and finds that young people still suffer disproportionately from a deficit of decent work opportunities. However, progress has been seen in some regions. The report, which updates the world and regional youth labour market indicators presented in previous reports (2004 and 2006), is organized according to nine regional analyses.

World of Work Report 2008 - Income inequalities in the age of financial globalization
In the majority of countries, the incomes of rich people have grown faster than is the case for their poorer counterparts. To what extent is this a problem for society and the economy? How has financial deregulation affected people’s incomes? What can policy makers do to address excessive income inequality and still support employment and economic growth?

Decent work indicators for Asia and the Pacific: a guidebook for policy-makers and researchers
This Guidebook, designed to be a practical resource for collectors and users of labour market information, presents a detailed overview of key indicators for monitoring labour market trends and measuring progress towards national and international goals related to the promotion of decent work.

Visions for Asia’s Decent Work Decade: sustainable growth and jobs to 2015
The Asian Decent Work Decade was launched at the Fourteenth Asian Regional Meeting, with constituents committing to make a concerted and sustained effort to realize decent work throughout the diverse continent by 2015.