About the Branch

The Branch’s work is guided by the ILO’s Decent work agenda, the Global Employment Agenda (GEA) and the Employment Policy Convention, 1964 (No.122).

The 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization considers Employment policy Convention, 1964 (No. 122) as one of the Governance Conventions to be specifically promoted. A Plan of Action for promoting the ratification of all the four Governance Conventions (no. 81, no. 122, no. 129 and no. 144) was adopted by the Governing Body, November, 2009.

Within the above framework, the Branch works in the main area listed below, plus the cross-cutting theme of Youth Employment.

Country Employment Policy Analysis and Development:

All countries face the challenges of open unemployment and underemployment and for many, poverty eradication remains a priority goal.

EMPLAB together with field Offices, supports the review and development of country employment strategies to tackle these challenges, within a comprehensive perspective that includes analysis of macro-economic policy, sectoral strategies, focus on particular target groups, youth, women and local employment strategies. It supports Governments in formulating their National Employment Policies (NEPs) and in integrating employment goals and strategies in National development Plans and Poverty Reduction Strategise (PRSs) . Through promotion of tripartite dialogues, country priorities and strategies are reviewed with a view to strengthening the employment content of development strategies, economic policies and investments. Support is given for monitoring the impact of national strategies and for increasing and re-orienting development resources and investments in national budgets, including through the mobilization of external development aid and loans from multi-lateral institutions, to realizing the employment goals.

Employment Services

The Department's work on Employment Services focuses on providing support and guidance to its member States in strengthening their public employment services, promoting the regulation of the activities of private employment agencies and encouraging productive cooperation between the two. Work on Employment Services is guided by the Employment Service Convention, 1948 (No. 88), the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181) and its accompanying Recommendation (No.188).

Youth Employment

The Branch also hosts the Youth Employment Programme (YEP), which operates through a global network of technical teams at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment. Decent and productive employment for youth is a major commitment of the ILO. The advice is provided to constituents on the development and implementation of employment policies and programmes for promoting youth employment.