Capacity building in labour statistics

Following the launch in 1923 of the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) the coordination and organization of capacity-building activities in statistics has remained a core area of work of the ILO. Today, statistical training activities serve to strengthen technical capacity at the national level to support the production of authoritative analytical reports on the labour market and other decent work topics in support of evidence-based policy. The launch of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) brings new demands for statistics and represents a fresh opportunity to strengthen capacities in labour statistics and analysis, particularly as regards decent work-related SDG indicators.

ILO training supports the implementation of international labour statistics standards at the national level and relies on the use of specific guidance tools and manuals. The ILO offers various training courses and seminars as well as online training tools on specific topics. Its flagship training course is the annual Labour Market Statistics and Analysis (LMSA) Academy offered in English, French and Spanish. The Academy focuses on strengthening household surveys to support the development of decent work-related SDG indicators and closing gender data gaps in work statistics to support gender equality in the world of work.

Technical assistance

The Department of Statistics provides technical advice on the application of the standards and related matters at the request of member States at all levels of statistical development.

Requests for technical assistance can be sent by mail, fax or email to:

Department of Statistics
International Labour Office
4 rte. Des Morillons
1211 Geneva 22

Fax: +41 (22) 799 69 57

with a copy to the ILO regional office covering your country.