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.


  1. Collective Bargaining in the Public Service in the European Union

    25 November 2015

    The ILO’s Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR) presents a compilation of practices in collective agreements in the public service in the European Union. This selection shows how the principles of Convention No. 151 have been implemented through legislation and/or collective bargaining.

  2. Good Practices and challenges in Promoting Decent Work in Construction and Infrastructure Projects

    19 October 2015

    Issues paper for discussion at the Global Dialogue Forum on Good Practices and Challenges in Promoting Decent Work in Construction and Infrastructure Projects (Geneva, 19-20 November 2015)

  3. Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry - Uruguay: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    In coordination with employers’ and workers’ representatives, and funded by the Fondo Social de la Construcción, the ILO Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (ILO-CINTERFOR) embarked on an initiative entitled “Job evaluation and design of an occupational certification process in the construction industry”.

  4. Governing labour standards in the Chinese electronics manufacturing industry - Labour market institutions and governance of global production chains: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaigns emerged to fill the gap created by a weakness in relevant ‘hard laws’ and their implementation. Currently, a marked move towards more ‘traditional’ hard law and industrial relations approaches is leading to profound changes in labour market conditions and governance. These are changes that can bring vertical and horizontal chain reactions throughout the global production chain. A better understanding of these consequences is essential to improve the chain and facilitate equitable growth and development.

  5. Employment relationships in telecommunications services and in the call centre industry

    29 September 2015

    Issues paper for discussion at the Global Dialogue Forum on the Employment Relationships in Telecommunications Services and in the Call Centre Industry (Geneva, 27–28 October 2015)

  6. Priority safety and health issues in the road transport sector

    09 September 2015

    Report for discussion at the Tripartite Sectoral Meeting on Safety and Health in the Road Transport Sector (Geneva, 12–16 October 2015)

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. 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.