Improving Labour Market Data Sources in Myanmar thought support to the National Labour Force, Child Labour and School-to-Work Transition Survey

The Project plans to rapidly enhance the labour statistics system and statistical capacity of Myanmar to collect reliable, sex-disaggregated labour market statistics through labour force surveys, by providing support to its first ever comprehensive LFS since 1990. The survey will include components on child labour and on youth, both policy priorities in Myanmar, using, respectively, the ILO child labour and school-to-work transition methodologies.

Main components of the strategy: (i) capacity building in the gathering of labour market and child labour data; (ii) capacity building in the analysis and use of labour statistics for data-informed employment policy, with a particular focus on assessing sectors of high labour demand and informing on skills needs as well as on vocational training and education policy; (iii) implementation of Myanmar’s first ever Labour Force-Child Labour-School to Work Transition Survey and production of results currently needed for the development of Myanmar’s Decent Work Country Programme, and (iv) support to building a sustainable system of regular (quarterly or continuous) updating of the Labour Force Survey. 

The Project will be implemented by  the Department of Labour (DOL) of Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MOLES) jointly with the Central Statistical Organization (CSO), and other major stakeholders in Myanmar with the financial and technical support from ILO. A LFS Core Team comprising officials from DOL and CSO will be formed to provide logistic support for the survey implementation and related technical work. While MOLES will retain the overall responsibility of implementing the survey, the survey data will be processed by CSO.


  1. Improved labour market information system in Myanmar through a comprehensive national Labour Force, Child Labour and School-to-Work Transition Survey
  2. Enhanced capacity of tripartite constituents and relevant government agencies to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate policies, programmes and projects for decent work through improved labour market information
  3. Developed a framework for regular data collection of labour statistics


  1. Comprehensive national training on Labour Statistics
  2. LF-CL-SWT Survey Preparations completed.
  3. LF-CL-SWT Survey 2015 data collection operations implemented
  4. LF-CL-SWT Survey 2015 report prepared and disseminated
  5. Use of statistics and analysis by policy makers and social partners improved
  6. Knowledge of constituents and key stakeholders on labour market information improved, and the awareness on the importance of regular gathering of labour market data raised
  7. Myanmar master survey plan for regular labour force surveys is formulated
  8. A strategic work plan for Myanmar quarterly labour force surveys is prepared, including the required sampling frame, surveys tools, and tabulation plans (quarterly and annual)

Expected outcome

It is envisaged that the project will be able to contribute to better policies and programmes guided by information and evidence from the Labour Force survey.