Department of Statistics

The ILO Department of Statistics aims to:

  • provide relevant, timely and comparable labour statistics,
  • develop international standards for better measurement of labour issues and enhanced international comparability, and
  • help member States develop and improve their labour statistics.

To achieve these goals, the Department focuses on three major activities:

  1. compiling and producing labour statistics, which are disseminated through ILOSTAT,
  2. setting international standards for labour statistics through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), and
  3. providing technical cooperation, assistance and training in labour statistics.

Standard-setting work currently includes:

The Department also serves as the focal point to the UN on labour statistics. As such, it fulfills the role on behalf of the ILO as custodian agency for 14 SDG indicators.

Key products


    The world's leading source on labour statistics.

  2. Publications

    Statistical manuals, guides, and analytical briefs.

  3. Microdata repository

    Catalog of labour-related surveys.