Asia-Pacific Labour Market Insights

  1. How did COVID -19 impact working hours in Asia-Pacific economies in 2020?

    Working hours declined in all Asia-Pacific economies in 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdowns and containment measures, but losses were especially strong in the South Asia subregion.

  2. Women and young people pushed from labour force by COVID-19

    As the already vulnerable groups exit the labour force and face numerous challenges to return to work, pre-existing inequalities in the world of work are intensified.

  3. COVID-19 and multinational enterprises: Impacts on FDI, trade and decent work in Asia and the Pacific

    Multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their supply chains have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis, with millions of workers suffering adverse impacts. This brief provides evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on FDI and trade in Asia and the Pacific. The brief also discusses the impact on MNEs and decent work and highlights how social dialogue can inform the design and implementation of policies to ensure a human-centred recovery.

  4. COVID-19 widens existing gender inequalities, creates new gaps in Viet Nam

    New research brief by ILO Viet Nam calls for a change in the mind set of every woman and man to influence their economic behaviour and achieve gender equality in the labour market.

Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2020

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81 million jobs lost as COVID-19 creates turmoil in Asia-Pacific labour markets

The Asia–Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2020 highlights lost working hours due to the COVID-19 crisis, which have caused devastating drops in income and increased in the incidence of working poverty in the region.