COVID-19 and the world of work

Regional and country impact and policies

The latest regional and country research, assessments, guidelines and policy recommendations relating to COVID-19 and the world of work.
  1. Impact of COVID-19 on nexus between climate change and labour migration in selected South Asian countries: An exploratory study

    14 October 2021

    Climate change has been identified as the single greatest risk for achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals. In South Asia, the world of work can be affected by various aspects of climate change including extreme heat, flooding or drought, or that can cause a rise in water-borne diseases, dengue or malaria, or bring pests that damage crops, among other disasters. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the risks to the world of work have been magnified in both rural and urban areas, particularly in the informal economy.

  2. Supporting migrant workers during the pandemic for a cohesive and responsive ASEAN Community

    18 August 2021

    Thematic background paper for the 13th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour

  3. COVID-19 and the ASEAN labour market: Impact and policy response

    13 August 2021

    This policy brief highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on labour markets in the ASEAN region and looks at possible recovery scenarios. The brief shows estimates and projections of working-hour and employment losses, increased unemployment and inactivity, and labour income losses. It also describes the policy response of ASEAN and its Member States and provides some recommendations moving forward.

  4. COVID-19 and employment protection policies: A quantitative analysis of the Asia-Pacific region

    06 July 2021

    This brief assesses the implementation of employment protection policies in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis in 37 economies across Asia and the Pacific, including a country case study of the Philippines. Through both descriptive and econometric analyses, it examines policy and employment dynamics and outlines a number of policy considerations for the crisis recovery period and beyond.

  5. Rapid Labour Force Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 in Egypt: Second wave

    01 July 2021

  6. Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean (Number 24): Decent work for platform workers in Latin America

    14 June 2021

    This edition of the Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean report, jointly prepared twice-yearly by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) analyses the labour market trends in Latin America and the Caribbean amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

  7. Is public sector employment a haven in the COVID-19 jobs crisis?

    14 June 2021

    It looks as if job opportunities in the public sector have provided a respite from the shrinking private sector during the dark days of the COVID-19 crisis, at least for some women.

  8. Occupational Safety and Health Profile. Promoting decent work through strengthening occupational safety and health management and social dialogue in Kosovo

    28 May 2021

    The profile provides an overview and the most up-to-date information on the current Occupational Safety and Health situation, assesses gaps in the OSH system and identifies priority areas for action.

  9. Global Wage Report 2020-21: Factsheet for the European Union

    21 May 2021

    This factsheet provides key findings for the European Union from the ILO flagship Global Wage Report 2020-21

  10. Public Employment Programmes in the Care Economy - The Case of South Africa

    29 April 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis have increased unemployment levels in the care economy, detrimental effects of which are felt by care workers, the majority of whom are women. The South African experience shows that Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) have contributed to the progressive realisation of decent work where as a first step in the trajectory, they have recognised and renumerated care related labour as work. This case study raises a series of questions for further consideration about the role of PEPs in this context, particularly their efficacy in the provision of direct care services.