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Ongoing methodological work:=20
=E2=80=A2 The ILO will continue its methods development in the field of = migration statistics.=20
=E2=80=A2 Participation in various statistical workshops, such as the me= etings of the European-Asian Programme on Forced Displacement and Migration= (EAP) on the subject of data collection, exchange, and registration; UN ex= pert group meetings; ECE/US Census Bureau/World Bank sponsored conference o= n using household surveys to measure remittances.=20
=E2=80=A2 The International Migration Data Base has been largely revised=
and will continue to be updated in 2010, in close cooperation with other i=
nternational and regional entities. It is available on the ILO data warehou=
se at http://la=
Economically active population=20
=E2=80=A2 Estimates and projections of the economically active populatio= n and activity rates by age, sex and sector have been published since 1971.= The most recent edition of the Estimates and Projections of economically a= ctive population in 2009 provides estimates and projections for the period = 1980 2020 for 191 countries and territories and 29 economic and geographica= l grouping (available at http://laborsta.ilo.org). Work on its update will continue in= 2010.=20
Labour Statistics<= /span>
Rural Employment Statistics=20
=E2=80=A2 The ILO and FAO will seek to collaborate on a joint venture to= measure rural employment with a view to fully assessing the presence of ag= riculture and agricultural labour in strategies for development. The ILO ha= s drawn attention to the importance of statistical information on employmen= t and work in agriculture, describing how the agricultural census can be ad= apted as a collection tool to provide countries with such essential informa= tion. This is of particular interest to countries (including Eastern Europe= and CIS countries) where special surveys of agricultural labour may not be= in place.=20
=E2=80=A2 ILO will supplement its earlier contributions to this work &qu= ot;"Guidelines on Employment, Supplement to the Programme for the Worl= d Census of Agriculture 2000", FAO Statistical Development Series 5a) = prepared together with the FAO Statistics Division. The focus on agricultur= al and non-agricultural labour in 2010 may also broaden coverage from not o= nly economic activity, as defined and measured within the production bounda= ry of the United Nations System of National Accounts, but also encompass wo= rk in unpaid services in rural households and agricultural holdings for own= -consumption.=20
=E2=80=A2 A manual on measuring volunteer work will be finalised after a=
meeting of the Technical Expert Group to be held in 2010. Its recommendati=
ons will be applied in a number of pilot countries in the coming years.
Ongoing methodological work==20
=E2=80=A2 Following the 18th International Conference of Labour Statisti=
cians' adoption in December 2008 of the Resolution on the Measurement of Wo=
rking Time which provides a comprehensive measurement of time spent on work=
in today's world, the ILO Department of Statistics will collaborate with s=
elected pilot countries. Follow up work has so far been requested in the La=
tin American region, to be explored further in 2010. Experience in the EU r=
egion will be sought where available so as to create synergies.
=E2= =80=A2 Based on the adopted scope and objectives of working time, trial mea= surements carried out through household-based labour force surveys using re= commended methods may specifically relate to working time activities within= the SNA production boundary - including employment statistics and national= production accounts, as well as to activities beyond the SNA production bo= undary - including "unpaid household and volunteer service work".=
Measurement of decent work and quality of employment=20
=E2=80=A2 As a follow-up to the national Tripartite Workshop on the prep=
aration of the pilot Decent Work Profile of Ukraine (Kiev, August 2009), te=
chnical assistance will be provided to the Ministry of Labour and State Sta=
tistics Committee on the measurement of occupational wages within the ILO/E=
C project Monitoring and Assessing Progress on Decent Work (MAP).
=E2= =80=A2 Work will begin on the collection and publication of some of the key= ILO decent work indicators.
=E2=80=A2 The ILO has developed a database on forced labour, which relie= s on secondary sources and includes information on reported cases. In 2005,= this database was used to calculate the ILO's first global estimate of the= total number of forced labour victims in the world. The ILO is also focusi= ng on technical cooperation for developing reliable national statistics at = the country-level, and providing benchmarks by which progress can be measur= ed over time. Five countries from different regions have initially been sel= ected for producing these national estimates, guided by the recommendations= from a workshop held in December 2006. Following a review, more countries = will be selected. The findings for a wider range of countries will be asses= sed in the 2010.=20
Since its establishment over 90 y= ears ago, the ILO has been collecting and disseminating statistics on a wid= e array of labour topics. The ILO central data warehouse for labour statist= ics is LABORSTA. All the series described below can be accessed at http://laborsta.ilo.or= g
=E2=80=A2 Annual data on the economically active population, employment,=
unemployment, hours of work, wages, labour cost, consumer price indices, o=
ccupational injuries and strikes and lockouts are collected regularly for d=
issemination in the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics, by CD-ROM and on the=
LABORSTA website which is updated each month. Descriptions of the methods =
used to compile these statistics are produced and disseminated in the Sourc=
es and Methods: Labour Statistics series of publications, by CD-ROM and on =
the LABORSTA website. Beginning in 2006, the Yearbook has been published in=
two volumes: Volume 1 has time series for each country usu=
ally covering the preceding ten years, and (ii) Volume 2 has a "countr=
y profile" format showing the latest available labour statistics for e=
=E2=80=A2 Monthly, quarterly or biannual data on employm= ent, unemployment, hours of work, wages and consumer price indices have bee= n collected regularly for dissemination in the ILO Bulletin of Labour Stati= stics. A review of the topics and methods of data collection for short-term= indicators is foreseen for 2010.
=E2=80=A2 Following the 2008 financ= ial crisis which rapidly deteriorated the labour market situation in many c= ountries, the ILO started to publish in December 2008 selected statistics o= n employment, unemployment, wages, hours of work, and consumer prices at th= e country level for which data are produced on a monthly or quarterly basis= . These indicators have been selected for their ability to reflect recent a= nd short-term changes. The data are updated and disseminated each month in = the online Monthly Bulletin on Labour Information, available on the ILO's J= ob Crisis Observatory webpage http://www.ilo.org/pls/apex/f?p=3D109:1:0<= /a> . The monthly Bulletin includes estimates on aggregate-level trends inc= luding global trends for selected indicators.
=E2=80=A2 Statistics on wages, hours of work relating to 159 occupations= in 49 industry groups and of retail prices of 93 food items have been coll= ected regularly with the ILO October Inquiry and disseminated in the public= ation Occupational Wages and Hours of Work and Retail Food Prices - Statist= ics from the ILO October Inquiry, on CD-ROM and on the statistical website.= Major revision of this publication is also planned for 2010. It will inclu= de a revision of (1) the industries and occupations within these industries= for which labour information is to be collected and (2) the labour variabl= es for which data should be collected (including hours, earnings and wages)= .=20
=E2=80=A2 Series on public sector employment for 140 countries, areas an=
d territories are updated with biannual periodicity, the last update having=
taken place in 2009.
=E2=80=A2 A number of other series are updated = less frequently. These include the databases on :
o distribution of e= mployed population by hours of work
o household income and expenditur= e statistics
o informal employment
o employment in the informal= sector
o trade union membership
o labour migration
=E2=80=A2 Comparable data on employment and unemployment are collected e=
ach year as part of the programme on ILO-comparable estimates.
=E2=80= =A2 A new survey to collect information on collective bargaining coverage a= nd trade union density was carried out at the end of 2008. The purpose of t= his survey is to develop statistical indicators of social dialogue and work= place relations.
=E2=80=A2 In addition to expanding the coverage of t= he topics and the coverage of the countries and territories, significant ef= forts are being made to improve the quality of the statisti= cs collected and disseminated and (ii) to reduce the reporting burden on na= tional statistical bodies. The latter includes the collaboration with UNSD = with respect to data sharing of statistics on the economically active popul= ation, the joint data collection with Eurostat for the Member States of the= European Union on strikes and lockouts, and the use of electronic question= naires. The Department of Statistics is working on the possibility of excha= nging data and metadata more rapidly by using SDMX and other electronic mea= ns.
G-20 Labour Market Situation and Outlook Reports=20
=E2=80=A2 Given the ILO's recent status as a full member of the G20, it =
has been actively involved in providing up-to-date information on the impac=
t of the current economic crisis on the labour market for G20 countries. In=
September 2009 the ILO produced a report for the G20 Leaders' Summit in Pi=
ttsburgh, Protecting people, promoting jobs. A survey of country employment=
and social protection policy responses to the global economic crisis. The =
report provided recent G20 country trends in employment and unemployment, w=
ith a discussion of the situation of developing countries as well as a surv=
ey of employment and social protection measures taken by governments to cou=
nter the crisis.
=E2=80=A2 The ILO is currently preparing several new= reports covering a range of labour topics in relation to the crisis for th= e upcoming G20 Labour Ministerial scheduled for April 2010.
The ILO set of Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)=20
=E2=80=A2 The ILO publication Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)= , first published in 1999, continues to be produced and refined. KILM is pu= blished every other year (the 6th edition was launched in September 2009). = The KILM makes labour market information and analysis easily accessible bas= ed on a core set of 20 labour market indicators from countries around the w= orld.=20
Household Income and Expend= iture
=E2=80=A2 Work is being planned o= n the preparation of a technical guide on household income and expenditure = statistics, in collaboration with the International Household Survey Networ= k.
=E2=80=A2 Statistics and metadat= a on household income and expenditure are available at http://laborsta.ilo.org .
Social Security Schemes
1.6 Social Security Schemes=20
=E2=80=A2 The new ILO Social Security Inquiry collects statistics on soc=
ial security expenditure, financing, coverage and benefit levels from both =
developed and developing countries. Its revised methodological approach is =
compatible to the extent possible with SNA, with the EUROSTAT-ESSPROS appro=
ach to social protection revenue, and expenditure statistics, with OECD Soc=
ial Protection Expenditure database and with IMF's 2001 Government Finance =
Statistics guidelines. In addition, coverage and benefit level data are col=
lected and used for constructing coverage indicators. The ILO social securi=
ty inquiry presents an inventory of national social protection schemes in o=
rder to collect data directly from the institutions that manage each of the=
m, especially data on the coverage of the population, contributions and ben=
efit levels and expenditure. In many countries, neither statistical offices=
nor ministries of welfare and social affairs collect data on all social pr=
otection programmes administered by different agencies. Data are collected =
and disseminated through the ILO Social Security Database, which contains a=
n on-line data entry module that is fed by the responsible ministries, stat=
istical offices and institutions administering social security schemes as w=
ell as automatic import utilities to include data from external compatible =
databases (such as SOCX OECD social security expenditure data). A limited a=
nd regularly updated set of indicators on social security expenditure and c=
overage is now available for most Eastern European countries. First results=
for nine countries in South-Eastern Europe are summarized in ILO (2005): S=
ocial Security Spending in South-Eastern Europe, Budapest: ILO.
=E2= =80=A2 Historical data (1949-1993) on revenues and expenditure of social se= curity schemes from 22 European countries are available in a database on-li= ne, developed by EURODATA Research Archive of the Mannheim Centre for Europ= ean Social Research (MZES) in cooperation with the ILO. Data for other coun= tries are available on-line on the ILO website at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/secsoc/areas/stat= /css/index.htm.
=E2=80=A2 The ILO has also published a series of = in-depth reports on social protection, which contain a broad range of stati= stics (Social Protection Expenditure and Performance Reviews - SPER). UNECE= countries covered are Poland and the Slovak Republic.
=E2=80=A2 The = ILO - in cooperation with the Council of Europe - has developed a manual on= statistical data requirements and indicators related to reporting on compl= iance with ILO Convention No. 102 on minimum standards in social security a= nd with the European Code of Social Security.
=E2=80=A2 The Internati= onal Social Security Association (ISSA) continues its work to develop the s= tatistical capacity of its members in developing countries and contributes = to the development of international standards on social security/social pro= tection statistics.
=E2=80=A2 The ILO intends to review and, if neces= sary, propose revisions to further develop the international standards on s= tatistics of social security/social protection as laid down in the Resoluti= on concerning the development of social security statistics, adopted by the= 9th ICLS (1957). This was discussed at the 17th ICLS.
=E2=80=A2 Collection and analysi= s of statistical data on the performance of national social protection sche= mes in certain countries as well as on the extent of coverage by and exclus= ion from social protection (Social Protection Expenditure and Performance R= eviews - SPER).
=E2=80=A2 Collection and analysis of statistical data= on social protection expenditure, financing, coverage and benefit levels, = available on the ILO Social Security Department Databases (with a broader f= ocus than the previous "Inquiry into the Cost of Social Security"= ), see: the Social Security Inquiry http://= www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/secsoc/areas/stat/ssi.htm, the so= cial security expenditure and mechanisms databases (http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/secsoc/areas/stat/sso= .htm ) and the ILO socio-economic security database (http://www.ilo.= org/dyn/sesame/ifpses.home).
=E2=80=A2 Collection of detailed sta= tistical data for actuarial valuations of social security schemes.
= =E2=80=A2 Within the framework of the activities on the informal economy, t= he Social Protection Sector is developing a module with a limited number of= questions on social protection to be integrated into the regular household= surveys. This is undertaken by all units in collaboration with the Departm= ent of Statistics with the aim of enhancing the use of this particular sour= ce to collect relevant data on social protection.
=E2=80=A2 Forthcomi= ng book on social security statistics in the ILO's "Quantitative Metho= ds in Social Protection" series.
=E2=80=A2 In collaboration with= the ILO and the United States Social Security Administration, the Internat= ional Social Security Association (ISSA) collects information on the range = of contingencies covered by social security schemes and disseminates it wit= h Social Security Programmes throughout the World (SSPTW) (see http:= //www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw) and with the ISSA information= service, Social Security Worldwide. The ISSA also collects data on the leg= al framework and governance of Public Social Insurance Reserve Funds as wel= l as their asset allocation and expenditure.
Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements
Ongoing methodological work:=20
Questionnaires will be sent to all ILO Member States in July 2010 to col= lect statistics on trade union membership and collective bargaining coverag= e available in national statistics offices and ministries of labour, as wel= l as the corresponding metadata. This collection aims to provide a comprehe= nsive account of available statistical information on these topics and to p= rovide inputs to the ILO for developing international guidelines for their = measurement to enhance their comparability.=20
Informal Economy= span>
Ongoing methodological work:
=E2=80=A2 The ILO is= continuing its methodological work on statistics of informal employment, o= n the basis of the guidelines endorsed by the 17th ICLS (2003) as a supplem= ent to the 15th ICLS resolution concerning statistics of employment in the = informal sector. A technical manual on surveys of informal employment and t= he informal sector is being prepared in cooperation with the Delhi Group. =E2=80=A2 Following a request by the International Labour Conference i= n June 2002, the ILO continues to assist countries in the collection, analy= sis and dissemination of statistics on the informal economy.
=E2=80=A2 Developmental work is under way to produce statistics on coope= ratives in collaboration with COOP. A paper will be finalised in 2010 that = will be published. Measurement of cooperatives will be recommended in ongoi= ng technical assistance to countries.=20
=E2=80=A2 On the basis of an agreement which sets the framework for coop= eration, the ILO and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) continue collab= orating in the area of employment and decent work in tourism. The agreement= was approved by the ILO Governing Body at its 301st Session (March 2008) a= nd ratified by the General Assembly of the UNWTO. Prior to the agreement, a= new chapter on employment in the tourism industries was prepared and inclu= ded in the 2008 International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics.= =20
=E2=80=A2 The agreement is geared towards (a) improvement of reliability= of data on employment in the tourism industries; (b) setting up and testin= g of a core set of decent work statistical indicators for measuring progres= s towards decent work in the tourism industries; (c) development of interna= tional guidelines on best practices of measuring employment in the tourism = industries.=20
=E2=80=A2 In line with the agreement, a joint ILO/UNWTO publication enti= tled Technical Guide on Best Practices of Measuring Employment in the Touri= sm Industries will be prepared and published in 2010.=20
Social protection expenditu= re and revenues
=E2=80=A2 The ILO Social Secu= rity Inquiry collects statistics on social security expenditure and financi= ng; its methodological approach is compatible as far as possible with the S= NA, the Eurostat-ESSPROS approach to social protection revenue and expendit= ure statistics, the OECD Social Protection Expenditure database and the IMF= 's 2001 Government Finance Statistics guidelines (see 1.6 for more details)= .
=E2=80=A2 The ILO, as a focal point for co= nsumer price indices within the UN system, has continued to:
(i ) col= lect and disseminate annual and monthly consumer price indices for some 200= countries and to produce and disseminate descriptions of the national meth= odologies underlying these indices;
(ii) collect and disseminate data= on food prices through the former ILO October Inquiry; as part of the Depa= rtment of Statistics' revision process, the food prices section of the Octo= ber Inquiry, will also be reviewed in 2010.
(iii) promote implementat= ion of the international standards on CPI; and
(iv) provide technical= assistance to member States.
=E2=80=A2 The ILO continues to actively= participate in the work of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Price Sta= tistics (IWGPS).
(ii) As an agency responsible for the coordination o= f future revisions of the CPI Manual, ILO will continue maintaining the ele= ctronic version of the CPI manual on-line (see http://www.ilo.org/stat/index.htm= ). A number of chapters have already been updated. The webpage contains= the original version, errata and the latest corrected version.
Ongoing methodological work:
=E2=80=A2 A manual o= n the measurement of wages will be prepared that will provide guidance conc= erning various concepts of income related to employment (i.e. labour cost, = earnings, wage rates, employment related income, employee income and income= from self employment) as well as guidance on the different approaches to m= easuring wages through establishment and household surveys and administrati= ve records. This manual will be produced in collaboration with other intern= ational organisations and with national statistical institutes.
=E2= =80=A2 Training and technical assistance will continue to be provided on wa= ge statistics.
=E2=80=A2 Data on average wages = by sex and industry, as well as occupational wages and hours of work have b= een collected through the former ILO October Inquiry since 1983 and are ava= ilable on the ILO statistical website (http://laborsta.ilo.org) and on CD-ROM.
= =E2=80=A2 The occupational wages section of the former ILO October Inquiry = (in which data have been collected from all countries on wage rates and nor= mal hours of work, and earnings and hours actually worked/paid for in 159 o= ccupations and 49 industry groups, by sex) is being revised in order to str= eamline the data collection and dissemination process and improve the quali= ty of data collected.
=E2=80=A2 Data on current minimum wages and the= legal framework are regularly compiled and are available on the ILO websit= e at http://www.ilo.org/travaildatabase/servlet/minimumwag= es.
Gender statistics<= /span>
=E2=80=A2 The ILO database on employment by occupation and sex (SEGREGAT=
) is updated periodically and disseminated on the ILO statistical website l=
=E2=80=A2 The new ILO Yearbook Volume 2: "Count= ry profiles" presents data for basically all population categories, in= cluding total and share of women.
=E2=80=A2 A database on the effect = of civil status and presence of young children on the most important labour= variables will be developed, in coordination with ILO-GENDER.
=E2=80= =A2 Training and technical assistance will continue to be provided on gende= r mainstreaming in statistics.
Ongoing methodological work=20
=E2=80=A2 The ILO has developed a methodology for child labour surveys, =
which has been implemented in almost 70 countries at the national level, in=
cluding 10 countries in the European region. An additional 80 baseline surv=
eys and 100 rapid assessments have been supported, targeting specific issue=
s on child labour in particular geographical locations.
=E2=80=A2 The= ILO has aided national capacity building activities by developing a child = labour data repository, and information sharing among different departments= for national and international policy development.
=E2=80=A2 The ILO= continues to provide technical assistance to national statistics offices a= nd other implementing agencies in order to enhance their capacity and impro= ve the quality of child labour surveys.
=E2=80=A2 The ILO has teamed = up with the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO and other international agencies in = an effort to harmonize child labour data, child labour survey instruments, = and child labour research efforts.
=E2=80=A2 International statistica= l measurement standards on child labour were established at the 18th ICLS (= Geneva, 24 November - 5 December 2008).
=E2=80=A2 The ILO is pilot te= sting a methodology for making national level estimates of the worst forms = of child labour other than hazardous forms in selected countries.
=E2= =80=A2 The ILO is working towards preparing a new Global Report on Child La= bour and revised Global Estimates and Trends in Child Labour that will be p= resented at the Hague Global Child Labour Conference scheduled to be held o= n 10 and 11 May 2010.
=E2=80=A2 Training in child labour data collect= ion through rapid assessments and baseline surveys is being provided for bu= ilding national capacities through regional workshops.
Data collection and dissemination:=20
=E2=80=A2 The child labour data collected through ILO supported child la=
bour surveys, is available to interested researchers.
=E2=80=A2 The I= LO data archive on child labour is the largest micro-data repositories on c= hild labour and is continually updated. It provides micro data, meta data, = survey questionnaires, and national reports from ILO supported child labour= surveys and is available on-line at http:/= /www.ilo.org/ipec/ChildlabourstatisticsSIMPOC/lang--en/index.htm
= as well as off-line.
=E2=80=A2 A database system hosted by ILO called= CLInfo, which helps organize and present a set of standardized indicators = on child labour and other children activities (as a variation of DevInfo) h= as been available on-line since October 2009. CLInfo will expand the access= to, and usages of, child labour data from ILO supported surveys, as well a= s raise awareness and assist in informed policy making on child labour.
Following the recommendation of the 2005 World Summit and the Report by = the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization (A/61/1) presented to= the 61st session of the General Assembly a new Target "Achieve full a= nd productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young= people" was included under MDG Goal 1.=20
=E2=80=A2 The ILO is responsible for the preparation of statistics and a=
nalysis on trends towards this target. The following four indicators were s=
elected to monitor the progress:
o Growth rate of GDP per person empl= oyed
o Employment-to-population ratio
o Proportion of employed = people living below $1 (PPP) per day
o Proportion of own-account and = contributing family workers in total employment
=E2=80=A2 The existing target on developing decent and productive work f=
or youth, previously under Millennium Development Goal 8, is encompassed by=
the new target (under Goal 1).
=E2=80=A2 In addition to monitoring t= he progress under MDG Goal 1, the ILO continues producing regional and glob= al estimates on one of the gender indicators under MDG Goal 3: Share of wom= en in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector.
=E2=80=A2 ILO w= ill be collecting data on the above MDG indicators.
=E2=80=A2 In March 2008 the Governing Bod= y of the ILO endorsed the report of the December 2007 ILO tripartite Meetin= g of Experts on Labour Statistics, including the resolution adopting the In= ternational Standard Classification of Occupations, 2008 (ISCO-08) as an in= ternational statistical standard.
=E2=80=A2 The ISCO-08 structure is therefore final and is available for = use on the ILO Website in English, French and Spanish. Definitions of categ= ories in the classification have been uploaded to the ILO Website for infor= mation and comment. The index of occupations has been updated and is availa= ble at http://www.ilo.org/public/english/burea= u/stat/isco/isco88/index.htm=20
=E2=80=A2 It is planned to publish in print form the English version of = ISCO-08 in 2010.=20
=E2=80=A2 All inquiries should be addressed to ISCO@ilo.org=20
Economic characteristics in Population Censuses
=E2=80=A2 The Department of Statistics will be actively promoting the jo= intly published UN Statistics Division/ILO Handbook on the Measurement of t= he Economically Active Population through Population Censuses through train= ing and seminars and providing technical advice, upon request.=20
=E2=80=A2 The ILO's statistical Website (http://laborsta.ilo.org) has continued to =
be maintained and updated on a weekly basis. This site gives users access t=
o a broad range of data contained in the ILO's statistical databases and ma=
kes it possible to view and download information free of charge. The associ=
ated national meta-information for each series is also available on-line on=
the Web site. The website is trilingual in English, French and Spanish, an=
d it will continue to be maintained and developed in these three languages.=
=E2=80=A2 The Department of Statistics website including the LABORST= A application will be reviewed and restructured in 2010 in accordance with = the anticipated changes in data collection methods. The new relational data= base will be interactive, more user-friendly and offer more up-to-date info= rmation on decent work.
=E2=80=A2 In line with the collection of new statistical material, the e= ntire program of dissemination through printed publications and CD-ROMs wil= l be revised and enhanced. The main dissemination tool will be the Departme= nt's new data dissemination website, which will be updated weekly.=20
=E2=80=A2 The possibility of collecting and disseminating data through S= DMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) will be tested and if successf= ul implemented on a large scale in our related activities.=20
=E2=80=A2 The ILO Department of Statistic was established in May 2009, w= hich replaced the former ILO Bureau of Statistics, and is responsible, inte= r alia, for compiling and making available in a timely manner ILO statistic= s on the four pillars of Decent Work. The compilation, quality control and = dissemination of ILO statistical information is now centrally managed and c= oordinated by the Department of Statistics. All statistical methodologies a= nd databases carried out by different units within sectors and regions are = coordinated by the Department of Statistics. All units, regions and sectors= are requested to seek technical clearance from the Department of Statistic= s before disseminating and publishing global and regional statistical data.==20
=E2=80=A2 The Department defines and implements a statistical capacity-b= uilding programme for the Office and its constituents.=20
=E2=80=A2 The Director of the Department of Statistics serves as the ILO= Chief Statistician and is consulted on all matters of data collection, sta= tistical methodologies and major publications and releases of ILO statistic= al information.=20
Statistical Information Collection and Processing
=E2=80=A2 An important effort will be made to collect and disseminate ne= w statistics and indicators, for short term and also annual data.=20
=E2=80=A2 As regards data collection, electronic questionnaires will be = relied upon to a greater extent to collect data on new as well as more trad= itional indicators. Data received through electronic questionnaires will be= automatically uploaded into the database for prompt dissemination. We will= also continue to explore the possibilities of joint data collection with o= ther international agencies (Eurostat, OECD and others), in order to allevi= ate the reporting burden on countries by similar international questionnair= es. The possibility of exchanging data with Eurostat and OECD through SDMX = will also be tested.=20
=E2=80=A2 The day to day operations and use of the database will be revi= ewed and modernized using a web-based version of the software used.=20
=E2=80=A2 In the near future, all the databases operated by the Departme= nt of STATISTICS will be restructured, coding systems will be revised, and = the new databases will be migrated to a relational database management envi= ronment using Oracle.=20
All the satellite applications related to the preparation and production= of the new programme of data collection, management and dissemination will= also be migrated from a SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) environment to= the new Oracle environment, and the use of the SAS software will be limite= d to the processing of data for the purpose of statistical analysis.=20
=E2=80=A2 The statistical capabilities of ILO constituents vary, and a c=
onsiderable upgrading of capacity is needed in many areas. The ILO provides=
technical support for labour statistics to member States in the form of te=
chnical advice and assistance, training, manuals, and technical cooperation=
projects. This assistance is provided under the auspices of the ILO's Dece=
nt Work Country Programmes. It is demand-driven, depending on the availabil=
ity of resources. Requests for assistance may derive from the application o=
f the Labour Statistics Convention 1985 (160).
=E2=80=A2 Technical as= sistance is served from the ILO Offices in Budapest, Moscow and, in the cas= e of Mongolia, Bangkok, and by national correspondents, and in Latin Americ= a, from the SIALC project office in Panama, as well as from ILO headquarter= s.
Training Programme of the ILO Department of Statistics<=
br /> =E2=80=A2 In 2010, the ILO Department of Statistics' training program=
me will fully support its new and strengthened mandate and will focus, ther=
efore, on two major training areas:
a) to meet the needs of ILO const= ituents to increase their capacity to produce reliable statistics for the b= est use in effective decision-making, to achieve decent work for all and;= p>=20
b) to enhance ILO staff knowledge and use of modern statistical methods = regarding data collection and analysis so as to optimize their service to m= ember States, to assist them to meet their goals of Decent Work for all.=20
Separate technical training workshops on strengthening labour market sta= tistics and information have already taken place in 2009. Further programme= s will be delivered during 2010 with the ILO Training centre in Turin, Ital= y. The topics will cover labour force survey development, and labour market= information, as well as administrative records=20