The ILO conducts assessments of national employment services which result in concrete recommendations to improve their capacity to deliver and monitor the impact of active labour market programmes. Given recent international trends in the growth of private employment agencies and the outsourcing of public services, the ILO also supports new ways for public and private agencies to work together.
The ILO’s focus in the area of employment services is to:
- support the reform and modernization of public employment services
- promote the appropriate regulation of private employment agencies
- promote cooperation between public employment services and private employment agencies
01 April 2011
This CD-ROM is a compilation of core publications on Employment Services. The publications have been grouped into five major areas: i) Public Employment Services (PES) and their role in a changing labour market; ii) PES responses to economic downturns and post-crisis situations; iii) Private Employment Agencies and their regulation, monitoring and enforcement; iv) Career Guidance; and v) Conventions and Recommendations.
10 November 2009
This paper compiles information on the contributions of national public employment services in countries in every region to respond to the employment impact of the financial crisis and illustrates the important role these institutions serve in the labour market.
A guide to worker displacement : some tools for reducing the impact on workers, communities and enterprises. Update March 2009
01 March 2009
The Guide presents possible strategies for averting layoffs and promoting business retention by communities, enterprise managements and workers’ associations. A discussion of early warning networks is also presented, stressing the importance of monitoring and rapid response mechanisms such as retraining to ensure worker adjustment and economic renewal.
10 October 2007
The minute guide is a felf-help resource written specifically for young jobseekers. It is intended to support youth in making informed decisions about their career prospects and job options by providing user-friendly access to information about the job search process.
10 October 2007
The handbook is designed to assist trained professionals, parents and peers in advising young jobseekers in their career and job search, particularly new graduates, school leavers and unemployed youth.
01 May 2007
This Guide provides guidance to national legislators in drafting legal frameworks in line with ILO Convention No. 181 and Recommendation No. 188. It is rich in many examples of country legislation from both developed and developing countries.
04 April 2006
This is an essential guide to developing effective career guidance systems, career information, organizing service delivery, staff development and improving governance and coordination. In addition, it also provides the first detailed users guide to career guidance sites on the world wide web that will be invaluable to policy-makers and professionals looking for interviewing guides, vocational assessment tools, competency standards for counsellors, and much more.
19 June 1997
Convention concerning Private Employment Agencies
(Note: Date of coming into force: 05/10/2000).
09 July 1948
Convention concerning the Organisation of the Employment Service
(Note: Date of coming into force: 08/10/1950).