In today's globalized economy, workers are increasingly looking for job opportunities beyond their home country in search of decent work and better livelihoods. In addition, millions of workers migrate internally in search of employment. Public employment services and private employment agencies, when appropriately regulated, play an important role in the efficient and equitable functioning of labour markets by matching available jobs with suitably qualified workers. While some cross-border recruitment is facilitated by public employment services (within the framework of bilateral agreements that incorporate arrangements for temporary worker programmes), and social and informal networks, private employment agencies and other labour recruiters play an important role in matching labour supply and demand across borders. However, concerns have been raised about the growing role of unscrupulous employment agencies, informal labour intermediaries and other operators acting outside the legal and regulatory framework that prey especially on low-skilled workers and those desperately searching for work. Despite the existence of international labour standards relating to recruitment, national laws and their enforcement often fall short of protecting the rights of workers. The aim of this online course is to reinforce the capacities of the ILO constituents and other key actors to promote fair recruitment and by doing so ensuring that recruitment services respect workers' fundamental principles and rights, including those of migrant workers.
This e-learning course is designed specifically for professional and practitioners dealing with migration, trafficking and/or forced labour and representatives of the recruitment industry as well as businesses;