Publications by title


  1. Status in Employment: a world survey of practices and problems

    01 January 2000

  2. Surveys of economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment

    13 June 2013

    In October 1982, the Thirteenth ICLS adopted new standards concerning statistics of the economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment (Resolution I of the Thirteenth ICLS). The resolution forms part of the standards and guidelines referred to in the Labour Statistics Convention, 1985 (No. 160), and Recommendation, 1985 (No. 170), of the International Labour Office. It replaces Resolution I of the Eighth ICLS (1954) concerning statistics of the labour force, employment and unemployment, and paragraphs 4-9 and 13 of Resolution I11 of the Eleventh ICLS (1 966) concerning measurement and analysis of underemployment and underutilisation of manpower.


  1. The First UN Millennium Development Goal: A Cause for Celebration?

    01 February 2005

  2. The Global Labour Income Share and Distribution

    04 July 2019

    The ILO dataset, developed by the ILO Department of Statistics, contains data from 189 countries and is drawn from the world’s largest collection of harmonized labour force survey data.

  3. The hours that we work: the data we need, the data we get

    01 January 2001

  4. The working poor - or how a job is no guarantee of decent living conditions

    03 May 2019

    This issue of ILOSTAT’s Spotlight on work statistics focuses on employed people living in extreme poverty around the world. Using ILO’s global estimates of employment by economic class, it shows the great progress achieved during the last few decades in reducing working poverty in the world, and how more effort is still needed to completely eradicate it, particularly considering the strong regional disparities.


  1. Uses and analysis of the ILO October Inquiry data on occupational wages and hours of work

    01 October 1996

    The purpose of this article is to describe and explain the various types of data provided by countries, and discuss how they might be used in analysis, in particular, for comparing occupational wage rates and earnings. The issues chosen for illustration do not cover all the possible uses to which the October Inquiry data can be put, but concentrate on the issues that are the most important and the most frequently raised.


  1. Visualizing Labour Markets: A quick guide to charting labour statistics

    11 June 2018

    Make your data count by building effective charts which convey simple but striking messages. Learn how in ILOSTAT’s new publication Visualizing labour markets: A quick guide to charting labour statistics.


  1. What about seniors?

    04 May 2018

    Learn about the situation of older persons in the labour market in What about seniors?, the first issue of our new series Spotlight on work statistics where we use ILOSTAT data to explore various labour market issues.

  2. What kind of work do you do? Data collection and processing strategies when measuring "occupation" for statistical surveys and administrative records

    01 February 1995

    This Working Paper presents practical guidelines for those who want to register the characteristic (variable) "occupation" in a statistical survey or on administrative records.

  3. Where are the Jobs?

    04 May 2018

    Learn about employment patterns across sectors and occupations in Where are the jobs?, the second issue of our new series Spotlight on work statistics.

  4. Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture

    23 January 2014

    This publication, Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (Second Edition), is a significant step forward from the Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (2002) in that it provides, for the first time, direct measures of informal employment inside and outside informal enterprises for 47 countries. The publication also presents statistics on the composition and contribution of the informal economy as well as on specific groups of urban informal workers. Non-technical language and clear, simple statistical tables will make the information easy to understand by a large and varied audience. This publication is intended to respond to the needs of different users, including researchers, statisticians, policymakers, employers’ and workers’organizations, including organizations of informal workers.