Informal economy: The growing challenge for labour administration

This volume presents a synthesis of country experiences and case studies mainly from Asia, representing several segments of the informal economy with a focus on labour administration and the informal economy. The case studies look at possible approaches in the areas of social security, child labour, bonded labour, and home workers. It will be of interest to policy-makers, industrial relations practitioners, labour administrators, the employers, trade unions and civil society groups.

For the ILO, the most meaningful way of looking at the situation of those in the informal economy is in terms of decent work deficits. Poor-quality, unproductive and unremunerative jobs that are not recognized or protected by law, the absence of rights at work, inadequate social protection, and the lack of representation and voice are most pronounced in the informal economy, especially at the bottom end among women and young workers.