Labour Statistics: From Standards to Data

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Labour Statistics: From Standards to Data

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This free masterclass is available on eCampus, the ITCILO's online learning platform.

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t change it.” 

Labour statistics enable us to monitor one of the most important aspects of our well-being: work. As we spend a large part of our lives at work and live on the earnings from it, it is crucial that governments have access to timely and relevant data to inform accurate and sound policies. 

Simultaneously, the world of work is changing, fast, and many people still face inequality in their jobs. This Masterclass shares progress and stories about labour statistics, highlighting different issues that exist in the global labour market. The Masterclass demonstrates how data is essential for countries to ‘make the invisible visible’ and measure the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of each country.

Watch the 9 video lessons to hear directly from Senior Experts in the ILO Department of Statistics about the challenges and developments countries are facing nowadays in what concerns labour statistics, and how International Statistical Standards are instrumental in developing statistical systems global in order to pave the way for a better future that promotes social justice through decent work. 

What will I learn? 

Learn about labor statistics, their importance in understanding labor markets, and the significance of standard setting for consistent and comparable data. Explore challenges and developments in different thematic areas of labor statistics. Discover how capacity building is essential for improving labor statistics globally. Lastly, glimpse into the future of labor statistics, driven by technological innovations and expanded coverage for more comprehensive insights.

  • Lesson 1: What are labour statistics?

    Learn how labour statistics help monitor work's impact on well-being, the importance of timely and relevant data for informed policies, and the role of labour statistics in achieving the SDGs.
  • Lesson 2: What is informality?

    Explore the concept of informality, its impact on vulnerable workers, and its connection to core policy objectives. Discover how the ILO is improving statistics on informality to create better policies globally.
  • Lesson 3: What is unpaid work and how is it measured in labour statistics?

    Understand the significance of unpaid work, its inclusion in labour statistics, and its relation to gender equality. Learn about the benefits of integrating unpaid and paid work statistics and the challenges that need to be addressed.
  • Lesson 4: What are statistics on international labour migration?

    Discover statistics on international labour migration, its complexity, and how it can be improved. Learn about the new developments in measuring international labour migration and its impact on managing migration and ensuring decent work.
  • Lesson 5: What are statistics on child labour about?

    Explore child labour statistics, its harmful impact on children, and the importance of having a standard to combat it. Discover new developments to improve child labour statistics and effectively address the issue.
  • Lesson 6: What are forced labour statistics?

    Understand forced labour statistics and the importance of adopting guidelines to combat it. Learn about the actions needed to work together against forced labour and measure progress.
  • Lesson 7: How are forms of work changing?

    Learn about the evolving organization of work and its impact on labour statistics. Discover the challenges in measuring changing forms of work and the efforts to meet these challenges through new definitions and standards.
  • Lesson 8: How can we build capacity on labour statistics?

    Explore how ITCILO supports the ILO's department of Labour Statistics through collaboration and various types of training. Discover the different training options offered to enhance capacity in labour statistics.
  • Lesson 9: What can we expect of labour statistics in the future?

    Learn how labour statistics standard setting has evolved in the past 100 years and what to expect in the future, including narrowing information gaps and incorporating new topics and methods.
How will I learn? 

In this series of 9 video lessons, you can engage in a flexible and self-paced learning experience, the lessons feature ILO specialists from the ILO Department of Statistics who share their stories and expertise, providing valuable insights. Once you feel confident in your understanding, you can put your knowledge to the test and earn a digital credential, validating your newfound expertise.