About us

The Employment Policy Department is responsible for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies that maximize the employment impact of economic growth, investment and development and which are inclusive, gender sensitive, productive and sustainable.

At the global level, the Department advocates and promotes policy frameworks and partnerships that aim at generating more quality employment opportunities. At the country level, the objective is to support the ILO constituents to develop, implement and monitor coordinated and context-specific policies and programmes that promote quality job creation through economic diversification and investment strategies, skills development for present and future needs in the labour markets and labour market activation and intermediation that integrate the most vulnerable groups. These include policies and programmes facilitating transition to formality for the large segments of population working and earning their livelihoods in the informal economy; employment and income opportunities in the rural economy.

Guided by relevant Conventions and Recommendations, the Department develops new approaches, policy tools and databases and disseminates them through policy advisory, capacity building and technical cooperation activities in a range of inter-related areas at global level and across countries and regions.

The Department delivers on its mandate through work in three Branches:

Development and Investment
The Development and Investment Branch has the primary responsibility for promoting employment intensive investment strategies including in infrastructure, economic diversification and structural change for enhancing employment and productivity growth and development of approaches to maximize the employment impact of sectoral and trade policies. The work includes the development of approaches for employment and productivity enhancements in the rural economy, for poverty reduction through innovations in Public Employment Programmes in disadvantaged communities and for unemployed and underemployed vulnerable groups, for the informal economy including by development of integrated policies and guidelines to facilitate transitions to formality and for employment-centered policies in countries recovering from conflicts or natural disasters. The Branch combines analytical work including development of employment impact assessment methodologies with policy advice, capacity building and a large technical cooperation portfolio.

Employment and Labour Markets
The Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch has the primary responsibility for the organization of integrated country employment policy diagnostics and reviews, facilitation of tripartite policy dialogue on employment policy and policy development and implementation. This includes work on pro-employment macro-economic and budgeting frameworks, national monitoring indicators, labour market policies including activation and intermediation, employment services and the Youth Employment Programme.

Skills and Employability
The Skills and Employability Branch assists governments and the social partners in reviewing and reforming their vocational education and training systems, policies and institutions. It supports ILO field offices in the development and implementation of skills and employability development components of Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs). Its mandate is to enable constituents to improve skills development so as to improve the employability of workers, the productivity of enterprises and the inclusiveness of economic growth.