Department of Statistics

The ILO Department of Statistics works with integrity, independence and high professional standards to provide users within and outside the ILO with relevant, timely and reliable labour statistics, to develop international standards for better measurement of labour issues and enhanced international comparability, and to help member States develop and improve their labour statistics.

The world’s leading source on labour statistics
Microdata repository
Catalog of labour-related surveys
Statistical manuals, guides and analytical briefs
For producing quality labour statistics
Statistical classifications including ISCO and ICSE

What's new

  1. Decent Work and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

    This Guidebook provides a detailed overview of the labour market indicators included in the Sustainable Development Goals Global Indicator Framework. It is intended to serve as a manual of best practices for calculating and interpreting the SDG labour market indicators, with a view to monitoring progress made at the national and international levels towards the achievement of the SDGs.

  2. Brief No. 1 - What counts?

    The Statistics on Work - Brief No. 1 explores the potential role of light time-use approaches to measure productive activities in view of the latest standards on work statistics adopted by the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2013. Country practices in light time-use survey designs are scarce. The Brief provides a critical overview of the available evidence, highlighting their cost-effectiveness and respondent-friendly features as key assets for their potential integration with Labour Force Surveys to measure different forms of work, provided context variables and simultaneous activities are included. The Brief further identifies the need for testing in developing countries, where challenges related to illiteracy and informality will need to be addressed in the instrument design and data collection strategy.

  3. Reports of the main findings from ILO LFS Pilot Study Programme

    These reports present the findings from the ILO Labour Force Survey (LFS) Pilot Study Programme which was implemented from 2015 to 2017 in follow up to the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS). These studies were designed to provide evidence for the development of guidance on good practices for implementation through LFS of the ground-breaking standards agreed at the 19th ICLS covering work, employment and labour underutilization.

  4. Visualizing Labour Markets: A quick guide to charting labour statistics

    Make your data count by building effective charts which convey simple but striking messages. Learn how in ILOSTAT’s new publication Visualizing labour markets: A quick guide to charting labour statistics.

  5. Paid employment vs vulnerable employment

    Find out the latest trends in employment by status category and how paid employment compares to vulnerable employment around the world in Paid employment vs vulnerable employment, the third issue of our series Spotlight on work statistics.

  6. What about seniors?

    Learn about the situation of older persons in the labour market in What about seniors?, the first issue of our new series Spotlight on work statistics where we use ILOSTAT data to explore various labour market issues.

  7. Where are the Jobs?

    Learn about employment patterns across sectors and occupations in Where are the jobs?, the second issue of our new series Spotlight on work statistics.