Activity 7: Country-studies on decent work indicators - Profiles

  1. The profiles represent generally the first consolidated look at the state of decent work at country level – from employment opportunities to decent hours, to equal opportunities and social dialogue – taking into account specific references to both statistical indicators and legal framework indicators.
    The Profiles provide a summary of assessment of recent national progress towards decent work in a country and provide important insights into the deficits that still exist at the national level. They also contain information on statistical and legal framework indicators based on the national list of DW indicators identified by constituents. They provide baseline information for designing of national policies and programmes, especially Decent Work Country Programmes.

    The Decent Work Country Profiles cover ten substantive elements corresponding to the four strategic pillars of the Decent Work Agenda (full and productive employment, rights at work, social protection and the promotion of social dialogue): employment opportunities; adequate earnings and productive work; decent hours; combining work, family and personal life; work that should be abolished; stability and security of work; equal opportunity and treatment in employment; safe work environment; social security; and, social dialogue, employers’ and workers’ representation.

    Decent Work Country Profiles are prepared by national consultants with the active participation of the Ministries of Labour and National Statistics Offices (NSOs), together with the technical assistance of the ILO experts in the field and in Geneva. National partners identify relevant decent work indicators (legal and statistic) and analyse them within the social and economic context of the country (trends and gaps). They facilitate the evaluation of progress made towards decent work and inform national planning and policymaking. Draft profiles are discussed and endorsed by tripartite constituents validation workshops (Activity 8). The main results are important inputs for the design and implementation of decent work country programmes, as advocacy tools for mainstreaming decent work into National Development Plans.

    On the basis of identified decent work indicators and after the collection of data by national statistical offices, each pilot country is to produce country-studies on “decent work indicators”. Studies include summary statistics on decent work and – when possible – highlight trends in decent work over time at the appropriate level of disaggregation (by sectors, region, age and sex of workers), as well as providing an interpretation of these trends and a discussion of the main determinants of decent work.

    The studies are also formulating recommendations on how decent work statistics could be improved and, especially, on how different labour and economic policies - and overall policy coherence– can contribute to reducing existing gaps in decent work. Policy recommendations are in line with budget constraints of selected countries and take into account spending alternatives. The exact methodology for country-studies is worked out at country level, depending on available data.
    The analysis of DW indicators trends of MAP countries are available per content type: Country Profiles, Executive Summaries, Factsheets and Snapshot Summaries.

    A full set of data will be posted in Databases, as soon as they become available.