Employment Policy Department

The Department is responsible for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies that are inclusive, gender sensitive and sustainable. The work of the Department is guided by relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations, robust analysis and evidence.

At the global level, the Department promotes policy frameworks and partnerships that aim at generating more quality employment opportunities, and contributes to and advocates for knowledge and capacity building on employment-related issues. At the country level, we support ILO constituents to develop, implement and monitor coordinated and context specific policies and programmes for more and better jobs, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.

The Department includes three branches: Skills and Employability; Employment and Labour Market Policies; and Development and Investment.


  1. International Training Centre of the ILO

    Academy on Youth Employment

    The 2-week Youth Employment Academy, hosted by the ILO's Turin Centre, enhances the capacity of labour market practitioners to develop comprehensive strategies to tackle the multifaceted dimensions of the youth employment challenge.

  2. Publication

    Good practices in using partnerships for employment services in China COVER

    09 April 2018

    EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 229

  3. Publication

    Good practices in using partnerships for the delivery of employment services in China

    09 April 2018

    EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 229

  4. World Bank Jobs and Development Blog

    Creating opportunities for young women through youth employment programmes

    03 April 2018

    A plethora of forces drive gender disparities in youth employment, yet innovative youth employment programs can respond to gender issues. ILO Taqeem presents impact evaluation results of a youth entrepreneurship TV programme in Egypt.

  5. Press release

    Japan to support youth employment to build stability and peace in The Gambia

    23 March 2018

    New project will support jobs for youth through infrastructure works with local resources, skills training and entrepreneurship promotion, with a strong focus on returnees and women.

  6. Our impact, their voices

    “We cannot live without doing anything”

    16 March 2018

    Kinofelis, a public works programme in Greece, has helped some 45,000 beneficiaries find a job, giving new hope to communities in the crisis-shaken country. The ILO was asked by the European Commission to improve the programme by focusing on skills, social protection and the payment of the minimum wage.

  7. Preview

    Guide on Measuring Decent Jobs for Youth: Monitoring, evaluation and learning in labour market programmes

    14 March 2018

    The seven part volume is the first comprehensive guidance to evaluating, monitoring and learning in labour market programmes targeting young people.