International standard setting

The task of standard-setting begins with a review by the Department of the concepts, definitions, classifications and methods currently used by countries, in order to identify problems and develop possible approaches for their solution. Many producers and users of the statistics are consulted throughout each development stage. A meeting of experts is usually convened, with experts appointed by the Governing Body in consultation with governments, employers' organizations and workers' organizations. This group examines the issues and makes recommendations, on the basis of which the Department prepares proposals for the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) to consider. Once guidelines have been adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians, they are submitted to the Governing Body of the ILO for approval. They then become part of a whole body of international standards on labour statistics.

Current standard-setting work includes:
  • Review of the International Classification of Status in Employment (ICSE-93)
Follow-up to existing standards: