Books and reports

January 2014

  1. Wage-led Growth: An equitable strategy for economic recovery

    28 January 2014

    This original and extensive study examines the causes and consequences associated with the falling wage share and rising inequality in income distribution, relating to both aggregate demand and labour productivity. It presents new empirical and econometric evidence regarding the economic causes and potential impact of changing income distribution.

  2. Towards Better Work: Understanding labour in apparel global value chains

    23 January 2014

    This volume provides solutions-oriented approaches for promoting improved working conditions and labour rights in the apparel industry.

  3. Towards the Single Employment Contract: Comparative Reflections

    22 January 2014

    While the challenge of flexibility continues to act as a powerful driver for change in European labour markets, many countries are experiencing an increasing dualism or segmentation between workers with stable employment relationships and those with temporary contracts. This has led governments and social partners to open a debate on the introduction of single employment contract.

  4. Global Employment Trends 2014: The risk of a jobless recovery

    21 January 2014

    The Global Employment Trends study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment. The weak global economic recovery has failed to lead to an improvement in global labour markets, with global unemployment in 2013 reaching almost 202 million. Embargoed until 00.01 GMT - 21 January 2014

  5. Global Employment Trends 2014: The risk of a jobless recovery

    21 January 2014

    The study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment.

  6. Can Better Working Conditions Improve the Performance of SMEs? An international literature review

    16 January 2014

    This research has been commissioned by the International Labour Office (ILO) as a contribution to the Global Product 154 and the Area of Critical Importance, Productivity and working conditions in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

November 2013

  1. Labour Administration in Uncertain Times: Policy, Practice and Institutions

    01 November 2013

    The 2008 financial crisis marked the beginning of a prolonged and ongoing period of extreme economic turbulence that has created multiple challenges for both governments and national systems of labour administration. Difficult economic conditions are encouraging a re-evaluation of established policies and institutions in the areas of labour, employment, social protection and industrial relations.

October 2013

  1. The Labour Markets of Emerging Economies: Has growth translated into more and better jobs?

    31 October 2013

    This volume focuses on the labour market situation, trends and regulations in emerging economies, devoting attention to how they have dealt with both short-term issues, namely the global financial crisis, and longer-term structural challenges − as well as the gaps that still remain.

  2. Equal Pay - An introductory guide

    04 October 2013

    Ensuring that the work done by women and men is valued fairly and ending pay discrimination is essential to achieving gender equality. However, pay inequality continues to persist and gender pay gaps in some instances have stagnated or even increased.

  3. Measuring informality: A statistical manual on the informal sector and informal employment

    04 October 2013

    This manual is intended for national statistical offices and other producers of statistics planning programmes to produce statistics on the informal sector and informal employment. The manual provides technical guidance on implementing international standards, presenting alternative measurement methodologies along with examples based on national experience, and includes guidelines for the dissemination of statistics on the informal sector and informal employment.