The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Sri Lanka. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Office in Sri Lanka.


  1. The Skills Gap in Four Industrial Sectors in Sri Lanka

    07 April 2015

    In response to a request from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development to carry out an assessment of the skills gap in four initial priority sectors identified by the Government of Sri Lanka, the ILO commissioned this study to identify the critical issues that need to be addressed in order to bridge the gap generated by the skills mismatch in the four sectors. As such, this report serves as an overview of the skills gap in the information communication and technology industry, tourism and hospitality industry, construction industry, and light engineering industry.


  1. ILO Publications Catalogue 2015

    22 December 2014

  2. Minimum wages in the global garment industry

    31 October 2014

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

  3. National labour migration policy for Sri Lanka

    20 May 2014

    The policy articulates the State’s commitment to ensuring a labour migration process that adheres to principles of good governance and rights and responsibilities enshrined in international instruments to advance opportunities for all men and women to engage in migration for decent and productive employment in conditions of freedom, dignity, security and equity.

  4. Strengthening Grievance and Complaint Handling Mechanisms to Address Migrant Worker Grievances in Sri Lanka

    19 May 2014

    A review of grievance handling mechanisms for migrant workers in Sri Lanka and in countries of destination.

  5. Operational Manual for Labour Sections of Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions in Destination Countries

    18 May 2014

    This Manual concentrates on services that are provided by Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions pertaining to the process of labour migration and the associated concerns of migrant workers.

  6. Recruitment Practices of Employment Agencies Recruiting Migrant Workers

    18 May 2014

    A review aimed at improving recruitment regulations and drafting recruitment guidelines

  7. Reintegration with Home Community: Perspectives of Returnee Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka

    17 May 2014

    The research study on returnee migrant workers undertaken by the Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre of the University of Colombo was conducted during January-September 2012

  8. Safe Labour Migration Information Guide

    16 May 2014

    This booklet forms an information resource not only for government officers at District, Divisional and village level but also for all stakeholders working towards the empowerment and protection of migrant workers of Sri Lanka.

  9. The ILO in Sri Lanka

    12 May 2014

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) promotes social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. Its overarching goal is to achieve decent work for all so everyone can work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.


  1. ILO Colombo E-Newsletter - 4th issue

    31 December 2013

    Welcome to the fourth issue of ILO Colombo’s newsletter. In this issue, you will find stories from our projects, updates on events and other information.

  2. Employment Challenges in the Maldives

    09 December 2013

    This study is a component of the ILO's project to provide technical assistance to on-going efforts by the Government of Maldives to formulate an employment policy and strategy.

  3. Code of Ethical Conduct for Licensed Foreign Employment Agencies/ Licensees

    30 November 2013

    This Code of Ethical Conduct (CoEC) was prepared by a Sub-Committee appointed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare (MFEPW) with a view to regulate the industry.

  4. Female labour force participation in Bangladesh: trends, drivers and barriers

    15 October 2013

    Bangladesh has witnessed a substantial increase in female employment in labour-intensive export-oriented industries in urban areas. The study finds that the rapid expansion of micro-finance in rural areas has supported women’s employment.

  5. To work or not to work? Factors holding women back from market work in Sri Lanka

    15 October 2013

    This study looks at the extent to which differences in individual and household characteristics are associated with whether women in Sri Lanka work for pay or not.

  6. ILO Publications. Catalogue Autumn 2013 - Update of English titles

    01 September 2013

  7. ILO Colombo E-Newsletter - 3rd issue

    15 July 2013

    Welcome to the third issue of ILO Colombo’s newsletter. In this issue, you will find stories from our projects, updates on events and other information.

  8. Decent Work Country Programme Sri Lanka 2013-2017

    01 June 2013

    This document outlines the Decent Work Country Programme for Sri lanka for the period 2013-17.

  9. Women's Participation in Sri Lanka's Labour Force: Trends, Drivers and Constraints

    01 March 2013

    This study is motivated by the recognition that increasing women's access to employment is necessary to increase human capital and capabilities within households.

  10. Decent Work Country Programme Sri Lanka 2013-2017

    31 January 2013

    This document outlines the Decent Work Country Programme for Sri lanka for the period 2013-2017.