Books and reports

October 2021

  1. Special edition: Labour and Policy Perspectives

    Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2021

    21 October 2021

    The year 2020 demonstrated that not even a global pandemic can slow the advance of renewable energy. It also revealed the tight connections between environments, economies and human wellbeing. These, and the rapidly rising challenges of climate change, reinforce the need for a just and inclusive transition toward a clean, reliable energy supply and decent and climate-friendly jobs. That transition is well under way: Last year jobs in the renewable energy sector grew to 12 million.

September 2021

  1. Flagship Report

    World Social Protection Report 2020-22: Social protection at the crossroads – in pursuit of a better future

    01 September 2021

    This ILO flagship report provides a global overview of recent developments in social protection systems, including social protection floors, and covers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 2021

  1. Report

    World Employment and Social Outlook 2021: Trends 2021

    20 August 2021

    In 2020, an estimated 8.8 per cent of total working hours were lost – the equivalent of the hours worked in one year by 255 million full-time workers. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world of work.

June 2021

  1. Report

    ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers – Results and Methodology

    30 June 2021

    This report maps the current state of labour migration and the key characteristics of migrant workers in the world today.

  2. Book

    Internships, Employability and the Search for Decent Work Experience

    17 June 2021

    This groundbreaking book examines the growing phenomenon of internships, and the policy issues that they raise, during a time when internships or traineeships have become an important way of transitioning from education into paid work.

  3. Report

    Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: Progress and prospects ten years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189)

    15 June 2021

    This report assesses the working conditions of domestic workers ten years after the adoption of Domestic Workers Convention in 2011. It highlights the progress made over a decade, as well as the remaining legal and implementation gaps, and provides guidance on policies that can pave the way to make decent work a reality for domestic workers.

February 2021

  1. World Employment and Social Outlook 2021

    The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work [Full report]

    23 February 2021

    This ILO flagship report explores how the contemporary platform economy is transforming the way work is organized, and analyses the impact of digital labour platforms on enterprises, workers and society as a whole.

  2. Publication

    Decent work in a globalized economy: Lessons from public and private initiatives

    17 February 2021

    The hybridization and proliferation of forms and mechanisms of governance is a consequence of the fragmentation of production across national boundaries. The emergence of global supply chains has provided new opportunities for many developing countries to participate in global trade, diversify their economies and generate employment. At the same time, production for global supply chains has raised new concerns about working conditions and the protection of workers’ rights.

  3. Publication

    Compendium of Maritime Labour Instruments - Third (revised) edition, 2021

    10 February 2021

    This book contains three Conventions relating to the maritime sector and several documents relevant to their implementation: the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006); the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention, (Revised), 2003, as amended (No. 185); and the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188).

January 2021

  1. The Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth - Thematic Brief

    The Contribution of Social Dialogue to Gender Equality

    20 January 2021