At the Centre, challenges and prospects on non-standard forms of employment are analyzed during the ILS Academy

Over the past few decades, in both industrialized and developing countries, there has been a marked shift away from “standard” (i.e. full-time, open-ended, direct) employment to non-standard forms of employment. In developing countries, non-standard workers have always constituted a substantial proportion of the labour force, but non-standard employment has also grown in segments of the labour market previously associated with standard jobs.

In some instances, non-standard forms of employment have emerged in response to changes in the organization of work and production, and have enabled more workers to be integrated into the labour market. In others, they have caused problems for working conditions and company performance, as well as for labour markets, economies and societies.


The ILO has been reflecting for more than two decades on the best way of ensuring adequate protection for all workers, beyond the traditional employment relationship.


What are the trends in non-standard employment around the world and how do we explain their emergence? What kinds of challenges do non-standard forms of employment pose? To what extent do the international labour standards (ILS) adopted by the ILO address these challenges, so that all workers can benefit from decent work, irrespective of their employment relationship? Which existing ILS are most relevant to non-standard forms of employment? Do the existing ILS cover all workers?


These are some of the questions that will be addressed during one of the ILS Academy master classes.


The other master classes will focus on:


  • ensuring decent work time for the future;
  • achieving equal pay;
  • ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

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