The ILO Country Office for Pakistan publishes a wide range of books, reports and working papers relevant to Pakistan. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested in hard copy from the ILO Library in Islamabad.


  1. Sindh Employment Report 2013: Skills

    28 August 2013

    The Sindh Employment Trends Report 2013 is the first provincial report that provides a broad assessment of the labour market situation in Sindh. The report also looks at the various categories of employment, occupational groupings and provides insight to the overall demand of vocational training in the TEVT system and highlights trends in youth employment, gender gaps in employment and adult training.

  2. Punjab Employment Trends: 2013

    19 July 2013

    Punjab Employment Trends Report is the first of the series that covers twelve key indicators of the labour market. The report analyses the labour market in Punjab for the period 2007-2011. The structure of employment is examined using status in employment, employment by sector, educational attainment and other indicators that can be used to assess the attainment of decent work.

  3. The Scope and Nature of Work Place Learning in Sindh

    23 May 2013

    The study "The Scope and Nature of Work Place Learning in Sindh" was carried out by the ILO project entitled "Empowering Vulnerable Groups through Education, Employment and Training (EET)", as part of its research work in the area of skills needs assessment and development.

  4. Strengthening Industry- Institute Linkages (IIL) for TEVT Institutes: Report on Review of IMCs for Selected TEVT Institutes in Sindh

    23 May 2013

    This report presents the results of study while highlighting some of the key issues, and lays out some suggestions to achieve the national skills strategy, which are necessary to ensure the strengthening of industry-institute linkages. A conceptualized working model is being proposed as per the finalized Rules of Business to help IMCs address identified issues and to support the formulation of institutional development/action plans by the IMCs.

  5. Third Newsletter of ILO Pakistan

    01 February 2013

    Third bi-annual newsletter of the ILO Country Office for Pakistan has been published. It contains news and updates related to the Joint Statement of Commitment to prevent future factory fires, need to promote Decent Work for Pakistan’s 55 million work force, limited women representation in the trade unions, depicting child labour photo competition "tiny hands at work", case study of the transformation of a rag picker child who now has higher dreams, and other stories.


  1. GE4DE news, Volume # 5

    01 November 2012

    Development, gender equality, poverty alleviation, women's empowerment - whatever the goals - cannot be limited to a project; they cannot be easily measured by targets or adequately described by indicators. Read more about how the project is carrying out baselines and endlines to measure empowerment.

  2. First Newsletter of ILO Pakistan

    27 September 2012

    First bi-annual newsletter of the ILO Country Office for Pakistan has been issued. It contains news and updates related to National Workshop on Youth Employment in Pakistan; Constituents drive decent work country programme in Pakistan; ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO, & EU observed World Day against Child Labour in Pakistan; ILO & UN Women sign Letter of Intent for joint collaboration in Pakistan; Consensus on new child labour prohibition law; Strategic Dialogue on “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger & Poverty”; ILO’s “Cash for Work” Project for the flood-affected people in Sindh; Social Security Cards for Brick Kiln Workers

  3. Youth voices from Asia and the Pacific

    18 May 2012

    Between December 2011 and May 2012, the ILO consulted young people from around the globe to gather their inputs to an International Youth Forum in Geneva, ahead of the 101st International Labour Conference for which a key focus is youth employment. As part of this global process, 13 national youth employment consultation events took place in Asia and the Pacific. This report summarises the key messages brought by young people and policy-makers.

  4. GE4DE news, Volume # 4

    01 March 2012

    We continue to hear about more and more 'firsts' for women – the first female pilot from Gilgit Baltistan, the first female taxi driver, the first competitive mountaineer, the first foreign minister. We have women at the highest levels of politics and government; in the workforce contributing to their families incomes and wellbeing; topping professional exams; and in the media both as prime time hosts and expert guests. But all this is possible because of the many women and men who support each other and strive to achieve gender equality.


  1. Gender equality and mainstreaming: Toolkit for Pakistan

    15 December 2011

    This manual is a compilation of a set of selected ILO conventions – with specific emphasis on gender-equality – and ILO decent work concepts. This is a gender mainstreaming manual contextualized to meet the need of capacity development in gender mainstreaming in light of Pakistan’s context.

  2. Baseline study to assess gender disparities in construction sector jobs

    15 December 2011

    This study assesses and identifies gender disparities and challenges for women that impede their entrance and participation in the construction sector due to social, cultural, and religious barriers. The study aimed to contribute to drawing up strategic policy guidelines and suggestions to be incorporated through the ILO to contribute to creating conducive working environments for women in the sector.

  3. Decent transport for working women

    15 December 2011

    This report provides insight into the rationale behind the pilot test of the project, Decent Public Transport for Working Women, and a detailed overview of the project design, development, activities and its effects. The project was intended to pilot test the concept of women-friendly public transportation facilities. The purpose of introducing women-friendly public transportation was to provide safe and decent environment to working women while they step out of their homes into the public sphere, for work and social life.

  4. Gender review of SME policy

    15 December 2011

    This review of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) policy from a gender perspective not only highlights gender gaps in the policy but also shares findings from diverse studies and ILO guidelines to underscore the significance of ensuring gender equality in policy documents and their implementation.

  5. Establishing a gender sensitive career counseling CHOICES helping women make better career reducing disparities in employment through effective career counselling for women in Pakistan

    15 December 2011

    This manual explores the role of effective career counselling in enhancing women’s employment and is a formal career counselling reference manual for introducing gender sensitivity for specialized and effective career counselling.

  6. Gender disparities in youth employment

    15 December 2011

    This study looks at the barriers and disparities in accessing and availing the employment programs by the youth, especially female youth and to draft policy recommendations to remove the barriers and enhance the labour force participation of the young females in Pakistan.

  7. Searching for the invisibles workers: A statistical study of home based workers in Pakistan

    15 December 2011

    This study quantifies the trends in the population of HBWs in Pakistan, by urban/rural, province and gender, and also analyzes the last 10 year socio-economic-demographic profile of HBWs, generated from the past Labour Force Surveys. In addition, it includes findings of a sample survey of HBW households in the Islamabad/Rawalpindi to document the various deficits faced by the HBWs.

  8. Situation analysis of the residential facilities for Pakistani working women at/near their workplaces

    15 December 2011

    This study presents an in-depth and systematic assessment of the need for adequate and safe residential facilities for working women, especially those who work away from their homes, so as to improve the working conditions for Pakistani women and enhance their labor force participation.

  9. Asian Decent Work Decade resource kit: Labour market governance

    16 September 2011

    This booklet is one of six parts to the kit, serving as a gateway into ILO expertise and knowledge on the regional priority area of labour market governance.

  10. GE4DE news, Volume # 3

    01 July 2011

    GE4DE is trying to ensure skills development partners mainstream gender throughout the training cycle. We are also complementing the planning and mobilisation phase with awareness raising and sensitisation through the media at national level right down to the districts where we plan to implement our programmes.

  11. Report on experience sharing and advocacy workshop: integrated support programme to home based workers

    15 April 2011

    Under One-UN Project “Towards Gender Parity in Pakistan (TGP)”, ILO and UN-Women have jointly initiated five pilot projects to provide “integrated support to Home-Based Workers” in different sectors and geographic locations. The “Experience Sharing and Advocacy Workshop” was held to highlight good practices and learning from the lessons in one of the pilots in Sialkot (Punjab).