The ILO Country Office for Pakistan publishes a wide range of books, reports and working papers relevant to Pakistan. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested in hard copy from the ILO Library in Islamabad.


  1. Minimum wage setting, implementation and working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the garment industry in Pakistan

    18 October 2016

    This report, drafted in 2015, analyses the legal and policy frameworks and the implementation of minimum wages in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the textile and garment sectors. The report has been undertaken by the ILO’s Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains: A Programme for Action in Asia and the Garment Sector. It also contributed to and complements the ILO’s work on minimum wage setting across the region.

  2. Gender Equality for Decent Employment Success stories: A journey of thousands miles begins with a single step- Stories of first steps with GE4DE

    01 October 2016

    The GE4DE project touched the lives of hundreds of people and through persuasion, incentives and evidence, it has moved a whole spectrum of people towards gender equality in the workplace. This publication brings together the stories of such women and men, whose lives changed to 360 degrees and they describe how they have used the opportunities provided under GE4DE project to promote gender equality in their workplaces and their households.

  3. From Pakistan to the Gulf region: An analysis of links between labour markets, skills and the migration cycle

    30 September 2016

    This report examines the linkages between labour demand, skills and the recruitment process with a focus on low-skilled migration from Pakistan to the Gulf Cooperation Council.

  4. Sustaining GSP-Plus Status by Strengthened National Capacities to Improve ILS Compliance and Reporting (Project fact sheet)

    29 September 2016

    The Government of Pakistan was granted GSP-Plus status and to sustain it the government is required to comply with and report on twenty-seven international standards including the eight core Labour Standards. The project aims to strengthen the capacities of government of Pakistan to better comply and report on the core labour standards.

  5. Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme III - (2016–2020)

    22 September 2016

    The formulation of the Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme III (2016-2020) is a joint effort of the Government of Pakistan, the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and the Pakistan Workers’ Federation (PWF) with support from the ILO Country Office Islamabad.

  6. Where to go for help: Pakistani migrant workers’ access to justice at home and in Gulf Cooperation Council countries

    01 September 2016

    This report examines the legal framework and complaints mechanisms available for Pakistani migrant workers at home and in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It identified bottlenecks in the grievance-handling process and potential ways to improve it to provide a speedy, accessible, less costly and just remedy to migrant workers.

  7. Law and practice: the recruitment of low-skilled Pakistani workers for overseas employment

    23 August 2016

    The report studies the prevailing recruitment practices in Pakistan with a focus on low-skilled migrant workers. It describes the current legal and policy frameworks, looks at actual practices and provides recommendations on how to make enforcement of recruitment regulations more efficient and equitable.

  8. Labour migration from Pakistan: 2015 status report

    23 August 2016

    This report captures the latest trends in labour migration from Pakistan by bringing together all available statistics from a range of Government departments/units until 2015. It also highlights the achievements of the Government till date, remaining challenges and suggests ways forward.

  9. The cost of migration: What low-skilled migrant workers from Pakistan pay to work in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

    23 August 2016

    This report presents the findings of a survey on migration expenses that Pakistani workers paid to secure jobs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The focus is on low-skilled migrants, who are the most vulnerable because of their low educational qualifications and limited asset base.

  10. Weak minimum wage compliance in Asia’s garment industry

    11 August 2016

    Minimum wages can be an important part of the policy toolkit to meet the needs of workers and their families. However, minimum wages do not adequately fulfill this role if non-compliance is widespread. This research note shows that a large proportion of workers in the garment, footwear, and textiles sector in seven garment-exporting countries in Asia are paid below the minimum wage.

  11. Rebuilding flood affected farmers' communities: Inspirational human stories

    30 June 2016

    Real life stories of peasant communities from Sindh, Pakistan who endured devastating floods of 2010 and rebuilt their lives with the help of ILO, FAO and UN WOMEN, through a One UN project funded by UN Trust Fund for Human Security.

  12. Code of Ethical Conduct for Licensed Overseas Employment Promoters

    22 June 2016

    The Code of Ethical Conduct (CoC) was prepared by the Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA) with support by the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project. The objective of this CoC is to promote fair recruitment practices in Pakistan through industry self-regulation.

  13. Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains: A Programme for Action in Asia and the Garment Sector (Project fact sheet)

    12 May 2016

    In collaboration with Germany’s GIZ, the ILO will take up challenges to labour standards and working conditions arising from globalized garment production, focusing on Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan. The ILO’s Pakistan Office will work with its tripartite social partners, the Government, Pakistan Workers’ Federation and Employers’ Federation of Pakistan to improve labour market governance and working conditions throughout the globalized supply chain.

  14. Promoting Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia - The ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project 2013 - 2016: A status update (as of December 2015)

    08 April 2016

    The Promoting Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia: The ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project 2013–2016 booklet provides a brief overview of South Asia labour migration patterns and highlights key challenges for migration governance in the sub-region. It also provides an update on the status and key achievements of the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project upto December 2015.

  15. Eighth Newsletter of ILO Pakistan

    18 February 2016

    ILO Pakistan’s latest Newsletter edition is currently available with details on how we are working together with our constituents and partners to make effective and positive changes in the world of work.

  16. Systems for employment outcomes: An assessment of Pakistan's technical education and vocational training sector

    01 February 2016

    This ground-breaking study presents the findings of the first-ever inventory and assessment of Technical Education and Vocational Training institutions across Pakistan.

  17. A step in the right direction 'Pilot contract for DW in Pakistan'

    01 February 2016

    Under support from the DFTAD funded Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE) Project of the ILO, a Domestic Workers Union (DWU) in Pakistan has been registered. Under this intervention a draft model contract for the domestic workers has been developed agreed upon by all the social partners.


  1. Employable Skills for Improved Livelihoods of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (Project fact sheet)

    02 December 2015

    In response to the request of the Government of Pakistan for support on humanitarian grounds, the UN system in Pakistan initiated a relief and rehabilitation operation for the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from NWA.

  2. GE4DE News, Volume 7

    01 December 2015

    This issue of GE4DE News highlights the key findings of the Female Labour Force Participation that will be vital in informing policy, legal and regulatory changes that facilitate women’s productive participation in the world of work.

  3. Increasing productivity and competitiveness through labour law compliance in Pakistan’s textile sector (Project fact sheet)

    19 November 2015

    ILO is providing technical support to the Pakistani Textile Industries for better compliance with labour laws and standards through establishment of a ‘Integrated Compliance & Reporting’ Unit. The project is funded by Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) while ILO is providing technical support.