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‘ILO new portal provides standards for better measurement of issues’


The new International Labour Organisation (ILO) statistics portal, ILOSTAT, will provide standards for better measurement of labour issues and improved global comparability.

The website provides a wealth of labour data for a range of users including labour researchers, journalists, and experts who want to produce their own data, as well as the general public.
Launched by the ILO Department of Statistics, the portal makes it easy to access data about a wide range of labour-related topics, by country or by subject, in English, French, and Spanish.
According to ILO, it is a one-stop shop to obtain labour data and learn about employment statistics.

ILOSTAT provides bulk downloads for those who need large datasets and detailed cross-tabulations. It is also an invaluable tool for data producers, who can find data collection guidance and other resources.
“What is the unemployment rate in your country? What proportions of children are engaged in economic activity? What is the average earning of employees? What is the proportion of women in management? The answers to these and many more questions can be found on the site,” said Director of the ILO Department of Statistics, Rafael Diez de Medina.
Statistical information can be accessed by country, or by key topics – such as employment, working poor, union membership, and child labour, and includes data tables, concepts, methods and publications. The ILOSTAT country profiles are also available on mobile devices via a free app.
The page also links to blogs and insights by ILO statisticians and economists, upcoming events, and publications.
“This new statistics portal should prove to be a very useful tool. Labour statistics are critical to design evidence-based policies, and play an essential role in efforts to achieve decent work for all,” de Medina added
The platform also provides comprehensive labour statistics, develops international standards for better measurement of work issues and improved international comparability, and helps ILO member states improve their statistics.
The ILO is the custodian agency for 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals’ labour market-related indicators.

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