ILO in Asia and the Pacific

  • Skills for a brighter future

    Refugees in a camp along Thai-Myanmar border are equipped with livelihood and buisness skills for a better future.

  • Rise in Asia's wages outpaces rest of the world

    The Asia Pacific region has outperformed the rest of the world when it comes to wage growth, according to the ILO's Global Wage Report 2014-2015. Malte Luebker, the ILO's Senior Regional Wage Specialist for Asia discusses wages across the region with the BBC.

  • No one should work this way – ending the abuse of Asian domestic workers

    There are more than 52 million domestic workers worldwide but the vast majority are unprotected by labour laws. This leaves them open to – sometimes terrible – abuse and exploitation. The journalist Karen Emmons worked with the photographer Steve McCurry on a documentary project to record and expose some of the treatment experienced by Asian migrant domestic workers.

  • Dancing Togther against Child Labour

     An up-and-coming hip-hop dance group, The Zoo Thailand, put their talent to good use and joined the ILO in its campaign to end child labour.

  • After Haiyan

    The Philippines builds back better, greener, stronger

    Supertyphoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013. ILO emergency employment programmes were in place by December in the hardest hit areas. Special report one year after the storm.

  • Thanh Nguyen

    Thanh Nguyen founded Anphabe, the Vietnamese version of LinkedIn, connecting millions of professionals online. She offers advice to young job seekers and shares her views on how the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 may impact the Vietnamese labour market.

  • Green jobs

    Young Indonesian entrepreneur goes green

    Ilham Rhamanda is one of a new generation of entrepreneurs in Indonesia, for whom there is more to business than pure profits. With ILO support he is following a greener, sustainable approach for his sportswear business.

  • Small Island Developing States

    Bringing it home - Temporary labour migration in the Pacific

    Seasonal work in New Zealand picking fruit provides not only jobs for people from Pacific island countries, but also opportunities to return home with new skills.

  • How I went from construction worker to mushroom mogul

    Than Wai Aung, a migrant worker from Myanmar, turned himself from a construction worker into a mushroom entrepreneur wit the help of the ILO's C-BED business skills training.

  • Domestic work, Work like any other

    The well-publicised case of the abused Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih placed a spotlight on the plight of a vulnerable and often invisible population, migrant domestic workers.

What's new

  1. International Migrant's Day

    Skills for a brighter future

    Refugees in a camp along Thai-Myanmar border are equipped with livelihood and buisness skills for a better future.

  1. International Migrant's Day (18 December)

    Joint statement by ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on the occasion of International Migrants Day 18 December 2013
    SAARC commits to helping migrant workers
    Avoiding the gamble: making migrant labour fairer
    Global Migration Group releases new book on youth and migration

  2. Youth Employment

    Taking tourism beyond natural beauty

    The ILO’s JOY project is changing residents’ lives in Nongkojajar, East Java and transforming the once quiet town into an agrotourism destination.

  3. Textile and garment sector

    Buyers Forum for Pakistan established

    The first Buyers’ Meeting in Islamabad to promote decent work for the sustainability of textile and garment sector in Pakistan concluded with the establishment of a Buyers Forum for Pakistan.

  4. Emergency employment programme

    ILO initial estimates reveal 800,000 workers affected by Hagupit; stands ready to assist through emergency employment

    In response to the impact of Typhoon Hagupit, the ILO stands ready to support the Philippines' government through emergency employment and sustainable livelihood.

  5. Report

    Asia Pacific wage growth dynamic but uneven, new ILO report says

    The Asia and Pacific Supplement looks at the region in more detail. It includes special sections on Asia’s garment sector, China’s private enterprises, Thailand’s manufacturing sector, India’s rural workers and the Pacific Island countries.

  6. Labour migration

    ILO welcomes 'landmark' SAARC labour migration commitments

    The ILO welcomes Kathmandu Declaration committing to improve labour migration processes.

  7. Publication

    Nepal Labour Market Update, November 2014

    It provides a snapshot of economic and labour market trends in Nepal based on official data available as of 27 October 2014. It looks at the socio-economic and labour market indicators, including GDP growth, migration, poverty and labour force participation.

  8. Domestic workers

    FCCT to exhibit Steve McCurry photos of abused domestic workers

    An exhibition of photos of abused domestic workers by American photographer Steve McCurry will open at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 21 November 2014.

  9. Special multimedia report

    Haiyan, one year on - The Philippines builds back better, greener, stronger

    Typhoon Haiyan, struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, in what was reportedly the country’s worst-ever natural disaster. More than 8,000 people lost their lives and over 14 million inhabitants, including 5.9 million workers, were affected. ILO emergency employment programmes were in place by December in the areas that were hardest hit. A year after the storm, the Philippines is building back better, greener and stronger than ever…

  10. E-newsletter

    News@ILO, December 2014/ January 2015

    The latest newsletter of the ILO Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific, covering the latest activities in the region, upcoming activities and recent publications.

  11. Publication

    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.

Key resources

  1. ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a single regional common market and production base, will become a reality in 2015. New opportunities for growth and prosperity will emerge, but the challenge is to ensure that growth is inclusive and prosperity is shared. The report examines the impact of the AEC on labour markets and offers evidence-based policy recommendations.

  2. Global Employoment Trends 2014: Risk of a jobless recovery

    The ILO's latest study on employment trends looks at global and regional employment trends - including unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment - and highlights growing concerns about the quality of jobs.

  3. World of Work 2014 report

    This year’s edition focuses on developing countries and argues that quality jobs are a key driver for development. It draws on evidence from over 140 developing countries and finds that a common factor amongst those countries that have achieved higher per capita income and sustained growth was quality jobs.

  4. Labour related statistics

    A database of labour statistics and methodologies covering the economically active population, employment, unemployment, wages and related variables.

  5. Global jobs pact

    This global policy instrument addresses the social and employment impact of the international financial and economic crisis. It promotes a productive recovery centred on investments, employment and social protection.