MEASURING DECENT WORK USING STATISTICAL INDICATORS. Richard Anker ILO Senior Advisor Strategy on Labour Statistics. OUTLINE SLIDE. Background on Advisory Group on Statistics (AGS) Why statistical indicators to measure decent work
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ILO Senior Advisor
Strategy on Labour Statistics
Background on Advisory Group on Statistics (AGS)
“ One important area in which we clearly need to invest is our information systems. In order to effectively promote the goal of decent work for all, the Office must be able to measure and monitor progress and deficits, and to respond to the demands of constituents and the general public for information about these issues. We have to have up-to-date and readily usable information on all aspects of decent work which can support diagnosis, evaluation and policy design.
We need to make a major investment in the design and implementation of our data and statistical base. We have defined our four strategic objectives and we now need to measure our progress. “ (Director General, ILC, 2001)
NOTE: SERIES OF LISTS ARE INCLUDED AT THE END OF THESE NOTES
“There are four main dimensions DECENT WORK STATISTICAL INDICATORS[of decent work]: (i) work and employment itself; (ii) rights at work; (iii) security; and (v) representation and dialogue.
There are questions of both quanitity and quality [for employment]. It is not enough to have work; we also have to take into account the content of this work… The employment goal is best expressed as adequate opportunities for productive and meaningful work in decent conditions….
Basic rights at work have been expressed in the ILO’s core labour standards… Security is a powerful need. Work [can be insecure] because it is irregular or temporary, or income varies, or it is physically risky…
Representation and dialogue is the way in which people’s voices can be heard [at work]. It is through social dialogue that widespread support fro the other three dimensions of decent work may be built” (Gerry Rodgers, 2001)
Discussion less necessary (more like statements)
Discussion important IDENTIFYING DECENT WORK INDICATORS
LABOUR FORCE ACTIVITY AND INACTIVITY
UNEMPLOYMENT and Policies, January 2001
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND ILLITERACY
WAGE AND LABOUR COSTS AND PRODUCTIVITY
POVERTY AND INCOME DISTRIBUTION
Employment and unemployment
Wages and Policies, January 2001