Keys to understanding the world of work

Based on research findings from the International Labour Organization (ILO), each InfoStory offers a unique perspective on a labour-related theme, told through a narrative enriched with infographics, videos, maps and case studies.

Featured Stories

Trade unions in transition: What will be their role in the future of work?

Trade unions in transition: What will be their role in the future of work?

Globally, trade union membership has been going down over time, and with that trade unions’ ability to organize workers. Among all the possible scenarios for trade unions, which one is most likely?

Ensuring fair recruitment: What the ILO has achieved

Ensuring fair recruitment: What the ILO has achieved

Many migrant workers – particularly low skilled workers - find themselves paying large recruitment fees to intermediaries in order to secure work overseas.

Peace and resilience through decent work

Peace and resilience through decent work

Millions of people worldwide have lost their livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, we are reminded that decent work is the foundation of resilient and peaceful societies.

The power of small: Unlocking the potential of SMEs

The power of small: Unlocking the potential of SMEs

Explore this InfoStory to find out how the ILO is supporting small and medium enterprises to reach their full potential – and securing a better future of work for everyone.

Beyond the glass ceiling: Why businesses need women at the top

Beyond the glass ceiling: Why businesses need women at the top

Women are better educated and more active in the labour force than ever. Yet despite these gains, their representation in top positions in business still lags behind that of men.

Can collective bargaining create a fairer economy?

Can collective bargaining create a fairer economy?

When based on dialogue and equity, collective bargaining can help build stable, decent societies. Discover its impact on the economy, businesses and workers.

What stands between youth and decent jobs?

What stands between youth and decent jobs?

More than 200 million young people are either unemployed or have a job but live in poverty. Learn more about global employment trends for youth.

Reports Summaries

Working from home:  From invisibility to decent work

Working from home: From invisibility to decent work

The laws that govern the labour market have not been designed with the home as a workplace in mind. What does this mean for workers and employers? How can we ensure decent work for homeworkers?

Global Call to Action for a Human-centred Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Global Call to Action for a Human-centred Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

What measures do we need to achieve a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient? Find out why and how countries should commit to the ILO’s Global Call to Action.

Making decent work a reality for domestic workers

Making decent work a reality for domestic workers

Domestic workers provide essential services to millions of households around the world. They are also vital to the care economy. What progress has been made in improving their protection?

World Employment Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

World Employment Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

Can digital labour platforms create fair competition and decent jobs? Explore the report's main findings and key data to find out about the platform economy's impact on workers and enterprises.

Global Wage Report 2020/21: Wages and minimum wages in the time of COVID-19

Global Wage Report 2020/21: Wages and minimum wages in the time of COVID-19

What have been the pandemic’s impacts on workers’ wages? What key measures have governments and social partners taken to protect workers’ wages?

Decent work results: ILO programme implementation 2018-19

Decent work results: ILO programme implementation 2018-19

This report offers detailed information on the impact of ILO work on people’s lives and on the realization of the ILO’s social justice mandate throughout the 2018-19 biennium.

Work for a Brighter Future: Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work

Work for a Brighter Future: Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work

This landmark report outlines the steps needed to achieve a future of work that provides decent and sustainable work opportunities for all.

Archived

Safety and health at work: Why are youth at risk?

Safety and health at work: Why are youth at risk?

Young workers suffer from injury and illness on the job at far higher rates than adults. Unstable jobs are just one of the factors that contribute to their vulnerability.

The gender gap in employment: What's holding women back?

The gender gap in employment: What's holding women back?

Around the world, finding a job is much tougher for women than it is for men. When women do find jobs, these tend to be low-quality jobs. Explore the data behind the trends.

Stay or go: Migration should be a choice

Stay or go: Migration should be a choice

With few opportunities at home, many young Nepalese seek work abroad. Find out what Nepal is doing to promote decent work at home and informed labour migration abroad.

The rising tide of non-standard employment

The rising tide of non-standard employment

For many workers around the world, non-standard employment has become standard. What does this mean for workers, employers and societies?

The win-win of disability inclusion

The win-win of disability inclusion

Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense for enterprises. Yet employment rates are low and many barriers to work still exist.

Laying the foundations of social justice

Laying the foundations of social justice

War, industrialization and revolution helped trigger the creation of the International Labour Organization. Learn about the ILO’s origins and its founding in 1919.

Deceptive recruitment and coercion

Deceptive recruitment and coercion

Poverty, illiteracy, discrimination and migration make workers more vulnerable to forced labour. Discover how someone looking for work can become trapped in forced labour.

Tackling sex discrimination through pay equity

Tackling sex discrimination through pay equity

Women and men should receive equal remuneration for the same work or work of equal value. But how can pay equity be achieved?

Child labour in agriculture

In many regions, child labour is found mainly in agricultural contexts, where fatalities and diseases are common. How does it impact children's lives? How can it be eliminated?

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