Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK)

Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) provides technical assistance to ILO constituents and expands the knowledge base on Wages, Working Time, Working Conditions, Collective Bargaining and Labour Relations, Contractual arrangements and Labour Market Security. INWORK also leads activities on the formalization of the informal economy and coordinates the ILO Strategy to Make Decent Work a Reality for Domestic Workers. The Branch’s work covers the interplay among these key labour market institutions and their combined effect on worker protection, labour market performance and equality.

Key publications

  1. Global Wage Report 2018/19

    What lies behind gender pay gaps

    This report examines the evolution of real wages around the world, giving a unique picture of wage trends globally and by region.

  2. Book

    Collective Bargaining: Extending Labour Protection

    This volume examines the extension of collective agreements and its use as a policy tool to expand the coverage of labour protection, and shore up collective bargaining.

  3. Non-standard employment around the world:
    Understanding challenges, shaping prospects

What's new

  1. Practical Guide on Teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    16 July 2020

  2. Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on loss of jobs and hours among domestic workers

    15 June 2020

    The ILO estimates that, in the early stages of the pandemic, on 15 March, 49.3 per cent of domestic workers were significantly impacted. This figure peaked at 73.7 per cent on 15 May, before reducing to 72.3 per cent on 4 June. The pandemic has had a particularly dire impact on domestic workers around the world. At the beginning of June 2020, the number of COVID-19 infections had exceeded 7.3 million cases affecting most countries and territories. As the number of cases and fear of contagion has spread, so too have confinement measures. To facilitate physical distancing, most countries adopted either full or partial lockdown measures to prevent transmission.

  3. Population Ageing: Alternative measures of dependency and implications for the future of work

    08 June 2020

    This paper examines the projected labour force participation trends of older workers to 2030 and discusses the future of economic dependency for developing, emerging and developed countries.

  4. International Domestic Workers' Day

    Making decent work a reality beyond COVID-19