Employment Policy Department

The Department is responsible for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies that are inclusive, gender sensitive and sustainable. The work of the Department is guided by relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations, robust analysis and evidence.
At the global level, the Department promotes policy frameworks and partnerships that aim at generating more quality employment opportunities, and contributes to and advocates for knowledge and capacity building on employment-related issues. At the country level, we support ILO constituents to develop, implement and monitor coordinated and context specific policies and programmes for more and better jobs, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.

News

  1. Joint ILO-FAO-Cirad engagement to support job rich recovery in Africa

    JobAgri: Putting knowledge to work to support job-rich investments in agriculture and agri-food chains in sub-Saharan Africa

    20 July 2021

  2. World Youth Skills Day 2021

    Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic

    This year’s World Youth Skills Day will again take place in a challenging context, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and with education and training systems yet to return to pre-crisis conditions. It aims to celebrate the resilience and creativity of youth throughout the crisis and focus attention on how technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems have adapted to the pandemic, participate in the recovery, and imagine priorities they should adopt for the post-COVID-19 world.

  3. Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    Lost in COVID-19 limbo-land: Pandemic hits youth employment hard

    14 July 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected young people not only in terms of their participation in the labour market but also through severe disruptions in education and training. In this podcast, ILO senior youth employment experts Niall O’Higgins and Sher Verick analyze the current situation and where we are headed.

Key resources

  1. Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs

    Incorporating the most recent labour market information available, this report sets out the youth labour market situation around the world.

  2. Recurrent discussion on the strategic objective of employment

    Recurrent discussion under the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization.

  3. A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth

    The G20 Training Strategy highlights policies and actions that can generate strong, sustainable and balanced growth and narrow the development gap. Building on international experience, it articulates policy elements that are essential for developing a suitably skilled workforce for the future, and for obtaining decent work in sustainable enterprises.

  4. Conclusions on skills for improved productivity, employment growth and development

    These conclusions provide practical guidance for strengthening education, vocational training and lifelong learning as central pillars of employability for workers and sustainability for enterprises within the Decent Work Agenda. More specifically, they highlight how skills development can be an important tool for reducing poverty and exclusion and enhancing competitiveness and employability.

  5. Creating jobs through public investment

    This document provides information about the main components of the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) of the ILO.

  6. Transition from the informal to the formal economy. All you need to know about Recommendation 204.

    The R204 e-platform is a web-based learning tool that promotes the sharing of knowledge and experiences on the transition to formality. It provides a comprehensive and interactive repository for supporting the follow-up strategy on R204 adopted by the ILO Governing Body in November 2015.

  7. Employment and decent work in situations of fragility, conflict and disaster

    The Guide introduces key concepts characterizing situations of fragility, conflict and disaster. It provides practical instructions and ILO multidisciplinary approaches to recover, create and protect Decent Work opportunities in situations of fragility, conflict and disaster.