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.

Key resources

  1. Global Employment Trends for Youth 2017: Paths to a better working future

    This report sets out the youth labour market situation around the world. It shows where progress has or has not been made, updates world and regional youth labour market indicators, and gives detailed analyses of medium-term trends in youth population, labour force, employment, unemployment, working poverty and informality.

  2. Recurrent discussion on the strategic objective of employment

    Recurrent discussion under the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization.

  3. A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth

    The G20 Training Strategy highlights policies and actions that can generate strong, sustainable and balanced growth and narrow the development gap. Building on international experience, it articulates policy elements that are essential for developing a suitably skilled workforce for the future, and for obtaining decent work in sustainable enterprises.

  4. Conclusions on skills for improved productivity, employment growth and development

    These conclusions provide practical guidance for strengthening education, vocational training and lifelong learning as central pillars of employability for workers and sustainability for enterprises within the Decent Work Agenda. More specifically, they highlight how skills development can be an important tool for reducing poverty and exclusion and enhancing competitiveness and employability.

  5. Creating jobs through public investment

    This document provides information about the main components of the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) of the ILO.

  6. Transition from the informal to the formal economy. All you need to know about Recommendation 204.

    The R204 e-platform is a web-based learning tool that promotes the sharing of knowledge and experiences on the transition to formality. It provides a comprehensive and interactive repository for supporting the follow-up strategy on R204 adopted by the ILO Governing Body in November 2015.

  7. Employment and decent work in situations of fragility, conflict and disaster

    The Guide introduces key concepts characterizing situations of fragility, conflict and disaster. It provides practical instructions and ILO multidisciplinary approaches to recover, create and protect Decent Work opportunities in situations of fragility, conflict and disaster.