OverviewThe Labour Force Survey (LFS) Pilot programme is the latest initiative of the ILO to support the implementation of the international standards on statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization recently adopted by the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians. Launched in 2015, the programme promotes collaboration between the ILO Department of Statistics and National Statistical Offices to conduct research in survey design with the main aim to:
- Develop guidance for countries on how best to align their national labour force surveys with the new international standards.
- Promote the sharing of good practice in labour force survey methodology among countries around the world.
- Foster greater comparability in labour market statistics across countries.
During the first phase of the programme, the ILO LFS team has partnered with the National Statistical Offices of 10 countries from different regions of the world, to implement small-scale pilot studies focusing on the measurement of employment, labour underutilization and participation in own-use production work according to the new ICLS standards.
Why it matters
- Fully capture women and men’s participation in all forms of work, paid and unpaid, including assessing differences in their access to full and productive employment as well as in providing unpaid services for the household.
- Provide a more comprehensive measurement of participation in subsistence activities, particularly in agriculture and fishing for own final use, which remain poorly accounted for in official statistics.
- Capture problems of underutilization including discouragement affecting in particular youth and persons living in rural areas.
- Improve the overall statistical base of countries to support a more targeted monitoring of participation and access to labour markets related to the creation of more and decent jobs as well as the reduction of inequality and social exclusion through different forms of work.
Learn more about the newly adopted Resolution on statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization.
Learn more about the programme objectives and methodology.
Learn more about the programme objectives, partners and activities.
Learn about the main findings, access the materials and tools developed by the programme.