COVID-19 and the world of work

Regional and country impact and policies

The latest regional and country research, assessments, guidelines and policy recommendations relating to COVID-19 and the world of work.
  1. COVID-19, labour market slack and what it means for recovery

    19 February 2021

    This brief quantifies the extent of increased labour market slack in the Asia–Pacific region resulting from the Covid-19 crisis and examines what this means for the welfare of impacted workers and economies struggling to navigate recovery.

  2. COVID-19 and rising wage inequality: Trends and challenges in Thailand and Viet Nam

    27 January 2021

    This brief presents quantitative trends in wage inequality in Thailand and Viet Nam during the COVID-19 crisis in 2020. Based on various measures, it highlights the rise of inequality as wages have been increasingly concentrated among the highest wage earners and the disproportionate impact of lower wages on informal workers, youth and workers with lower educational qualifications. It presents a number of policy measures including enhanced wage support and active labour market policies to counter these dynamics.

  3. 2020 Labour Overview for Latin America and the Caribbean

    17 December 2020

    Some 30 million people are unemployed and 23 million will have left the workforce due to the lack of opportunities. In 2021, employment will be in intensive care and the indicators could worsen, says ILO annual Labour Overview for Latin America and the Caribbean.

  4. Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2020: Navigating the crisis towards a human-centred future of work

    15 December 2020

    The Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2020 report pulls together the most recent statistics to generate an assessment of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had so far on employment and labour markets in the most populous and dynamic region of the world. With economic growth in the Asia and Pacific region already weakening in 2019, the current crisis has hit economies, enterprises and workers in the region with a force that is reversing some of the limited gains made in pursuit of decent work and inclusive growth in the previous decade.

  5. The Sweden-ILO response to COVID-19

    07 December 2020

  6. Rapid assessment of the employment impact and policy responses of the COVID-19 pandemic on Armenia

    25 November 2020

    Employment Country Reports Series ILO Decent Work Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  7. Changing Laws and Breaking Barriers for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia

    10 November 2020

    The OECD, ILO and CAWTAR have joined forces– with the support of numerous local, regional and international experts– to produce this study, which captures the potential of a region on the move towards greater economic empowerment of its women citizens.

  8. Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean (Number 23): Employment trends in an unprecedented crisis: Policy challenges

    10 November 2020

    This edition of the Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean report, jointly prepared twice-yearly by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Office for the Southern Cone of Latin America of the International Labour Organization (ILO) analyses the labour market trends in Latin America and the Caribbean amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

  9. COVID-19 and the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean labour market. A rapid assessment of the impact on policy responses at the end of Q3, 2020

    09 November 2020

    The report aims to take stock of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the labour market in the region and provide a systematic review of the main policy measures implemented by governments and social partners of the region. The information contained herein is actualized to the month of October 2020. By the very nature of the COVID-19 crisis and of the areas under investigation, changes may be fast paced as well as there may be availability of new data. The reader is advised to be mindful of those developments.

  10. Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the socio-economic situation in Uzbekistan: Income, labour market and access to social protection. Overview of crisis measures and ways to improve state policy

    03 November 2020

    This report was prepared by the joint team from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and national consultants from Republic of Uzbekistan.