Publications

The Sectoral Activities Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.

Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.

2015

  1. Brazil: Case study on working time organization and its effects in the health services sector

    31 July 2015

    Working time is a critical aspect of health services. Reconciling workers' needs with organizational requirements remains a challenge. This working paper explores the complex issues around working time organization and their effects in the health services sector in Brazil.

  2. Empowering teachers: Teaching in the post- 2015 education agenda

    31 July 2015

    Communiqué adopted by the 12th Session of the ILO–UNESCO Joint Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel to the World Education Forum 2015

  3. Employment relationships in retail commerce and their impact on decent work and competitiveness

    13 March 2015

    Issues paper for discussion at the Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Relationships in Retail Commerce: Their Impact on Decent Work and Competitiveness (Geneva, 22–23 April 2015)

  4. Strategies for sectoral training and employability in India: Case studies of the IT/ITES and automotive sectors

    15 February 2015

    The study underlines the importance of social partner involvement in the elaboration of sectoral skills strategies and ever evolving changes in skill needs. It also emphasizes the importance of sound recruitment and training practices, training strategies, and decent working conditions for TVET personnel. TVET strategies and systems are critically important components of comprehensive approaches to promote youth employability and ensure that training matches current demand in labour markets as well as future needs of developing sectors. It is hoped that the experience of India can provide useful insights for policymakers and social partners in developing such strategies in their own countries.

  5. Business and initial vocational education and training in the Netherlands: A schematic overview

    15 February 2015

    The study underlines the importance of social partner involvement in the elaboration of sectoral skills strategies and ever evolving changes in skill needs. It also emphasizes the importance of sound recruitment practices, training strategies, and decent working conditions for TVET personnel. TVET strategies and systems are critically important components of comprehensive approaches to promote youth employability and ensure that training matches current demand in labour markets as well as future needs of developing sectors. It is hoped that the experience of the Netherlands can provide useful insights for policymakers and social partners in developing such strategies in their own countries.

2014

  1. Destination Mutual Benefit A Guide to Inclusive Business in Tourism

    16 December 2014

    Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide, and it’s growing most quickly in emerging and developing countries. Currently, UNWTO calculates that tourism is responsible for 9% of global GDP, for over 1 in 11 jobs and for USD 1.3 trillion in global exports annually. Inclusive business in tourism can be defined as tourism that increases business linkages between people from low-income communities and tourism-industry actors for long-lasting mutual benefit.

  2. Tobacco Sector - Employment Statistical Update

    15 December 2014

    In 2003 the ILO organized a Tripartite Meeting on the Future of Employment in the Tobacco Sector. The meeting highlighted the importance of timely information in order to monitor significant changes in employment trends and working conditions in the tobacco sector and called upon the Office to undertake further research to keep ILO constituents informed about emerging changes affecting the labour market in this sector.

  3. Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS, TB and other opportunistic illnesses for the Tourism Industry in Zimbabwe

    03 December 2014

    The objective of this policy is to set standards for the effective management of HIV and AIDS, TB and other opportunistic illnesses that apply to all stakeholders within the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

  4. Measuring Employment in the Tourism Industries - Guide with Best Practices

    03 December 2014

    The Guide is one of the technical outputs produced under the joint ILO/UNWTO Agreement which completes a series of international references and methodological tools produced within the framework of the joint ILO/UNWTO Agreement.

  5. Las agencias de empleo privadas en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay

    21 October 2014

    Este estudio, escrito por Sandra Goldflus Wasser, trata sobre el marco legislativo y reglamentario para el funcionamiento de las agencias de empleo privadas y el impacto de la aplicación del Convenio sobre las agencias de empleo privadas, 1997 (núm. 181), en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay.