Youth employment

Decent work and youth in the Philippines – Facts and trends

This country fact sheet provides an overview of selected key labour market indicators for youth aged 15-24 years in the Philippines. The fact sheet on decent work and youth aims to support government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, youth and key stakeholders to drive a human-centred approach to the future of work, in line with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.

The world of work is undergoing profound transformations driven by technological, demographic, climate and environmental changes, and globalization.

The 2019 ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work highlights the need to direct efforts to developing effective policies aimed at generating full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work opportunities for all, and in particular facilitating the transition from education and training to work, with an emphasis on the effective integration of young people.

The economic impact of COVID-19 in the Philippines can have disproportionate consequences for young persons who are more vulnerable to falling labour demand. Promoting full, productive employment and decent work for youth is therefore a pressing concern to be addressed.