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Keys to understanding the world of work
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ILO databases

  • Annual review database
    Contains information from governments, employers' and workers' organizations, that have a role to play under the Follow-up to the ILO Declaration and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
  • ASISTDOC
    A bibliographic database on labour-based technology.
  • CARIBLEX
    Database of national labour legislation covering termination of employment; registration, status and recognition of trade unions and employers' organizations; equality of opportunity and non-discrimination in employment; and on occupational safety and health and the working environment for the 13 ILO member States of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, maintained by the ILO's Subregional Office for the Caribbean. Full text.
  • Child Labour Statistics
    Compiles web sites which contain data from national statistical agencies, the ILO and other sources. Includes links to source web sites and references to print publications available in the ILO Library.
  • CISDOC
    Covers occupational health and safety, law and regulations, chemical safety data sheets, training material, journal articles, books and ILO Conventions.
  • Conditions of Work and Employment Laws
    Contains information on legal measures from more than 100 countries. It allows customized searches on individual countries or comparisons of laws from across the world on: minimum wages; Working time; and Maternity protection.
  • Corenit
    Database for the regular monitoring of labour standards in the Americas (in Spanish).
  • Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety Fourth edition
    (Also available in French, Spanish and Russian)
    Covers all aspects of occupational health and safety including occuptional diseases, prevention, health promotional activities; legal, ethical and social policy; hazards, accidents and safety management; chemicals in industry, toxicological properties and more.
  • EPLex - Employment protection legislation database
    Contains information on the employment termination laws of some 85 countries. The information is broken down to cover more than 50 variables addressing all the key topics of employment protection legislation. The database is updated annually to facilitate the analysis of impacts and trends over time by theme and by country.
  • Gess
    Global knowledge sharing platform on the extension of social protection. Includes resources, tools and services for the extension of social security.
  • Gladnet
    Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training (produced with the collaboration of the ILO).
  • HIV/AIDS laws and policies
    Contains hard law (legislative texts) and soft law instruments (codes of practice, guidelines, policies) dealing entirely or in part with HIV/AIDS and the world of work.
  • ILO Global Job Crisis Observatory
    Website which helps you to keep abreast of the most relevant analysis and information on the impact of the economic crisis on the world of work and on policy responses to it. The site is updated weekly with articles and analysis from ILO specialists, and with new information resources from around the world. It features regional information as well as information on targeted areas of concern.
  • ILO Social Security Inquiry
    Identifies statistical information on social security, including employment-related social security schemes, public health, welfare and anti-poverty programmes and non-public schemes of different types transferring goods, services or cash to poor and vulnerable households.
  • ILOSTAT
    Provides recent data for over 100 indicators and 165 economies. Annual data prior to 2008 and additional information, such as sources and methods, are still available in LABORSTA and gradually will be migrated to ILOSTAT.
  • ILO Taxonomy
    The ILO Taxonomy was designed by the ILO Library as a tool for retrieving information from the ILO website. Its structure therefore closely reflects the work programme of the ILO and is used by ILO departments and Field Offices for describing the content of their web pages and for searching the ILO web site. It is also well suited for use as a subject classification system for arranging collections in small libraries or labour information centres.
  • ILOTERM (login: guest, no password if prompted)
    An invaluable working tool for linguists, provides English, French, Spanish, and/or German, Russian, Arabic and Chinese equivalents of terms in the social and labour fields.
    Also access to MultiTrans Text (a collection of translated ILO texts, in the 7 languages).
  • ILO Thesaurus
    The ILO Thesaurus is a compilation of more than 4000 terms relating to the world of work, in English, French, and Spanish. Covers labour and employment policy, human resources planning, labour standards, labour administration and labour relations, vocational training, economic and social development, social security, working conditions, wages, occupational safety and health and enterprise promotion.
  • ILO/World Bank Inventory of policy responses to the global financial and economic crisis of 2008
    Examines macroeconomic policies; measures to increase labour demand; active labour market policies; unemployment benefits; social protection measures; social dialogue and labour standards in 77 countries.
  • INFOR
    Bibliographic database of the Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (CINTERFOR).
  • International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs)
    ICSC summarizes essential health and safety information on chemicals for their use at the "shop floor" level by workers and employers in factories, agriculture, construction and other work places.
  • International Standard Classification of Occupations ISCO-88
    The International Standard Classification of Occupations is a tool for organising jobs into a clearly defined set of groups according to the tasks and duties undertaken in the job. It is intended both for statistical users and for human resources professionals.
  • ISSA Country Profiles
    The Country Profiles serve as an overview of social security programmes in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. Produced by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) with the support of the ILO.
  • ISSA Web Portal
    Covers six different databases on social protection: Scheme Description, Complementary and Private Pensions, Reforms, Legislation, Bibliography and Thesaurus. Produced by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) with the support of the ILO.
  • Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)
    A database covering 20 labour market indicators on topics such as labour force participation, employment, hours of work, unemployment, wages, labour productivity and income distribution.
  • Laboral
    Bibliographic database from the ILO Regional Library for Latin America and the Caribbean (in Spanish).
  • Labordoc
    Labordoc, the ILO Library's database, contains references and full text access to the world's literature on the world of work. It covers all aspects of work and sustainable livelihoods and the work-related aspects of economic and social development, human rights and technological change. It includes books, articles, reports, and journals available at the ILO Library in Geneva and several ILO libraries around the world.
  • LABORSTA
    A database of labour statistics and methodologies covering the economically active population, employment, unemployment, wages and related variables. Includes the short-term indicators database providing timely information on the labour market and consumer prices for almost 75 countries, and over 100 indicators disaggregated by sex and also by sectors of the economy.
  • Labour Force Surveys
    Compiles web sites which contain data from national statistical agencies, the ILO and other sources. Includes links to source web sites and references to print publications available in the ILO Library.
  • LED Knowledge
    Resources on local economic development.
  • Legal Protection database
    Contains information relevant to the legal status of the ILO in its member States and certain other states.
  • LEGOSH - Global legal database on occupational safety and health
    Compiles the wealth of legislation in occupational safety and health (OSH) and serves as a snapshot of the current major national legislative requirements around the globe.
  • NATLEX
    Database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO's International Labour Standards Department. Records in NATLEX provide abstracts of legislation and relevant citation information, and they are indexed by keywords and by subject classifications.
  • NORMLEX
    NORMLEX brings together information on International Labour Standards (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.) as well as national labour and social security laws, includes the information which was previously contained in NATLEX, ILOLEX, APPLIS and LIBSYND databases.
  • Quipustat
    Bilingual application intended for users and producers of labour statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean. Contains 19 indicators and covers 30 countries.
  • Reported incidents of abandonment of seafarers
    Contains a regularly updated list of that have been reported to the ILO as abandoned in various ports of the world. It specifically includes information on the current status of seafarers who have been abandoned. Produced in conjunction with the IMO with support from the International Ship Suppliers' Association (ISSA).
  • Triblex
    Thematic analysis of the case law of the ILO Administrative Tribunal.
  • Verification of credentials
    A database of the case law concerning the conformity of the nominations of Conference delegates and advisers with the ILO Constitution, as well as the non-payment of Conference delegates' and advisers' expenses.

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