The Future of Work in the Caribbean: What do we know? What do we need to know?

A report on the findings will contribute towards the ILO global Initiative, including a constituent meeting to be convened by the ILO in 2018.

Introduction and rationale

The ILO and its Members have decided to implement a Future of Work Initiative that will culminate at the centennial International Labour Conference in 2019.  The rationale behind the Future of Work Initiative  is to reflect on the transformational changes taking place in the world of work, to understand the processes of change and to respond effectively so as to advance the shared commitment to decent work for all as reflected in the global 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and ILO’s mandate of social justice. 

Against this backdrop, the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean together with the ILO Research Department, in partnership with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of West Indies, are interested in determining the current knowledge on selected key themes - as well as research orientation in the region for the near future - with the ultimate goal of determining research gaps and address them in the most suitable way.

Purpose and objectives

This consultation on the Future of Work in the Caribbean would further inform on a related and relevant research agenda. A report on the findings will contribute towards the ILO global Initiative, including a constituent meeting to be convened by the ILO in 2018.  Further research initiatives would be targeted to ILO constituents (government, employers and workers) in the Caribbean. This also responds to the Conclusions of the 10th ILO Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour in February 2017, to mainstream decent work in national development plans; linking research with policy making.

The objectives of the research agenda

  • Identify key transitions and issues in relation to the role of work in society, the creation of decent jobs for all, emerging ways of organizing work and production, and the governance of work in the Caribbean;
  • Fill knowledge gaps concerning the drivers of change in employment (and related rights and protection) specific Caribbean country contexts;
  • Generate a shared understanding of the forces transforming the world of work and a new vision for the future that the ILO constituents would like to see; and
  • Provide guidance and recommendations for the tripartite constituents on how to successfully advance the cause of social justice in the Caribbean region.


Background information

Future of Work Initiative: /global/topics/future-of-work/lang--en/index.htm
Global Commission on the Future of Work: /global/topics/future-of-work/WCMS_569528/lang--en/index.htm
Future of Work Research: /global/topics/future-of-work/publications/lang--en/index.htm