Employment promotion

Economic growth and structural transformation alone do not necessarily translate into more and better jobs, especially for the poor, vulnerable and those at risk of being left behind. Yet, these processes are a prerequisite for increasing productive employment.

To ensure that structural transformation becomes an engine for decent job creation, the ILO uses an integrated approach. It works to improve the competitiveness of enterprises given the vital role they play in job creation, sustainable development and wealth formation. At the same time, the ILO advocates and promotes a new generation of integrated employment policy frameworks that are gender-sensitive and partnerships that promote quality job creation through economic diversification, employment-friendly macro and trade policies and sustainable investment strategies. It also focuses attention on skills development for present and future labour market needs, as well as labour market activation and intermediation that integrate the most vulnerable groups. Strong attention is given to ensure that these policies harness the benefits and reduce the risks associated with the on-going transformation in the world of work. Policies and programmes facilitating the transition to formality as well as the creation of employment and income opportunities in the rural economy, the transition to green economies and the creation of decent jobs for peace and resilience are integral parts of the integrated approach.