Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.


The Sectoral Policies Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.


  1. Publication

    The gender pay gap in Sri Lanka: A statistical review with policy implications

    01 April 2024

  2. Publication

    Harnessing the potential of digital technologies to achieve decent work in the financial sector: Policies and practices on the impact of digitalization in the sector

    25 March 2024

    The ILO report Policies and Practices in the Financial Sector that Address the Impact of Digitalization and Harness the Potential of Digital Technologies to Achieve Decent Work provides a global overview of policies, initiatives and practices regarding decent work as well as employee outcomes in the global financial sector. The report presents findings from a literature review, surveys, and in-depth interviews in three regions: Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

  3. Publication

    Occupational safety and health and the future of work in retail in the post-COVID-19 context

    18 March 2024

  4. Publication

    Working for Health - Seminar 1 - Highlights

    05 March 2024

    Working for Health 2018- 2023: Catalytic Support for a Strong Health Workforce in the African Region

  5. Transforming the teaching profession

    Recommendations and summary of deliberations of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Teaching Profession (2024)

    23 February 2024

    This document presents the Recommendations of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Teaching Profession and a summary of its deliberations, which drew on the Panel members’ personal expertise, relevant literature and the preparatory work of the Transforming Education Summit, in particular action track 3 on teachers, teaching and the teaching profession.


  1. Publication

    Methodological Guide for the Participatory Development of a Law on the Status of the Artist

    19 November 2023

  2. Publication

    Universal Postal Union - State of the Postal Sector 2023

    13 October 2023

    A Hyper-Collaborative Path to Postal Development

  3. Publication

    A Compendium of the ILO’s work in the Postal and telecommunications services sector

    13 October 2023

  4. Publication

    Decent and sustainable work in the inland waterways sector

    12 October 2023

    Report for the Technical Meeting on Decent and Sustainable Work in the Inland Waterways Sector (Geneva, 20–24 November 2023)

  5. Publication

    The ILO’s tripartite work in the railways sector - Railways compendium (1939-2021)

    04 September 2023

    This document presents a compendium of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s tripartite work in the railways sector from 1947 to present. It includes conclusions and resolutions adopted by the Inland Transport Committee, and outcomes of technical meetings and preparatory meetings.