Articles

2012

  1. Wanted: Local workers for the oil and gas industry

    12 December 2012

    The oil and gas industry is facing increasing shortages of skilled workers. This could be an opportunity for oil- and gas-producing countries to boost the involvement of their local workforce.

  2. Competitiveness and employment: Trying to square the circle

    05 December 2012

    Cutting costs can help a country become more competitive and boost exports as a result. But, as attractive as it may seem, EU countries, which trade heavily among themselves, cannot all gain a competitive edge at the same time.

  3. The challenges beyond the crisis

    25 November 2012

    There are strong forces besides the global economic crisis affecting labour markets worldwide. Understanding and shaping policies to respond to them will determine the present and future of the world of work. By José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs*

  4. Healing pharmacies

    12 November 2012

    As the International Year of Cooperatives draws to an end, ILO News looks at how cooperatives in Turkey offer customers easier and safer access to medicines.

  5. Interview with John Knapp - Building and Extending Skills Training (BEST) project

    06 November 2012

  6. Youth jobs count – but how?

    02 November 2012

    The latest EU figures show a further increase in youth unemployment, but there has been some debate in the past over whether to express those levels in rates rather than ratios. What is the difference between the two, and which, if any, is a more precise measurement?

  7. Rebuilding lives shattered in Sri Lanka’s conflict

    19 October 2012

    Three years after the end of Sri Lanka’s bitter civil war, victims are still struggling to rebuild their lives. A joint UN project seeks to give them a new start through training and job placement.

  8. Cultivating the green shoots of rural areas

    18 October 2012

    The ILO looks to harnessing the potential of the world’s rural areas as city dwellers in the developing world struggle to find work.

  9. Young and older workers, two sides of the same coin

    08 October 2012

    Many of the countries that are suffering from huge youth unemployment levels are also experiencing population ageing. Isn’t it time to start thinking of older workers as a category that deserves specific attention?

  10. Crisis in Spain highlights an increasing ‘employment divide’

    17 September 2012

    The wave of social unrest that has recently hit Spain is a reflection of the growing rural/urban and north/south divide in the country.

  11. Internships: Head start or labour trap?

    22 August 2012

    Internships can provide valuable work experience to young people. But as they become more common, so does the risk of abuse, especially during economic downturns. ILO News looks at the benefits and drawbacks of this practice.

  12. Time for Arabs to live up to their call for social justice by protecting vulnerable workers

    15 August 2012

    Which Arab country will be the first to ratify the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers?

  13. Is temp a trap?

    14 August 2012

    ILO News looks at young people trapped in temporary jobs with few prospects of moving to full-time employment. Ekkehard Ernst, Chief of the ILO’s Employment Trends Unit, says governments can help improve the situation.

  14. Youth employment: What works

    09 August 2012

    International Youth Day – marked on August 12 – sets the spotlight on the pressing challenges faced by young people. ILO News looks at practices that can help turn around the dramatic youth employment situation.

  15. Weathering the crisis: A Turkish recipe

    06 August 2012

    Turkey has managed to overcome the global financial crisis better than many European countries. How did it do it?

  16. Bangladesh: Lighting the Way to a Greener World of Work

    22 June 2012

    Solar home systems can be an alternative source of energy in developing countries like Bangladesh, where half of the population, or about 85 million people, lack access to grid-based electricity. Solar panels bring clean energy and green jobs to rural areas, an issue that is high on the Rio+20 agenda. Allan Dow reports.

  17. A green plumber for a greener economy

    21 June 2012

    The transition towards a greener economy is expected to affect about half of the global labour force or roughly 1.5 billion people. This means changes in terms of job types and workers’ skills – a topic that is high on the Rio+20 agenda.

  18. Employers make the case for hiring people with disabilities

    19 June 2012

    101st session of the ILC held event on ILO Business and Disability Network to highlight the business case for hiring people with disabilities

  19. Green and fair: Cooperatives in Ethiopia

    19 June 2012

    By their very nature, cooperatives can balance economic, environmental, and social needs. The ILO will be showcasing some of its successful experiences in this field at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). One of them involves more than 200,000 coffee producers and almost 200 cooperatives in Ethiopia.

  20. What are the challenges behind Russia’s plan to boost job creation?

    21 May 2012

    Russia recently announced an ambitious plan to create 25 million high productivity jobs by 2020. Olga Koulaeva, Employment Specialist at the ILO Moscow office, analyses Russian labour market challenges in an interview with ILO News.