The Labour Market Statistics and Analysis Academy

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development highlights the world’s commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth. Indicators have been established to enable global, regional and national monitoring of the SDGs, including a selective set intended to support high level monitoring of decent work and gender equality in the world of work. This global effort has increased demands of policy makers and social partners for high quality statistical data and analysis, particularly from countries in the developing world where the existing statistical system does not allow for the regular production of timely, reliable and relevant labour statistics.

To meet the challenges posed by the ever-increasing demand for high quality information, countries need to strengthen their capacity in the planning, collection and analysis of labour statistics across a range of topics. In 2015, the ILO launched the Labour Market Statistics and Analysis Academy as a means to meet these rising demands. Created in partnership between the ILO Department of Statistics and the International Training Center (ITC-ILO), the main objective of the Academy is to enhance ILO member countries’ capacity to plan, and implement national labour force and related household surveys to produce a wide range of labour statistics following the latest international statistical standards adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) and identified good practice, as needed for the formulation of evidence-based policies in support of decent work.

The Academy is held annually and offers a curricula covering the full statistical production process from high level planning and identification of core indicators to be constructed, to questionnaire design, indicator calculation, analysis, interpretation and communication of the results. To meet the demand for SDG indicators to promote inclusive development, the issue of gender mainstreaming in labour statistics is addressed and highlighted throughout the Academy’s activities.

The Academy targets in particular:
  • Labour Statisticians from national statistical offices, Ministries of Labour and related institutions (such as labour observatories) from ILO member countries, in particular from developing countries;
  • Employment and development policy analysts from national statistical offices, government ministries, research and academic institutions, labour observatories, international organisations and donor organisations; and
  • Senior Managers from national statistical offices and departments in Ministries of Labour and related institutions (such as labour observatories) dealing with the production and dissemination of labour market statistics.

The videos presented here share some key highlights and testimonials taped during the 2015 Labour Market Statistics and Analysis Academy.

For more information on the next edition of the Academy, please visit the ILO-ITC.