PSI and UCLG ask for better labour statistics for local and regional government workers worldwide


PSI and United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) have joined forces to improve labour data collection for their constituencies. On 15 October, they jointly called labour statisticians from around the world, gathered in Geneva for the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), to take steps towards filling this major gap.

2016 study from the OECD and UCLG counted over 500,000 local and regional governments around the world, but ILOSTAT – the world leading employment statistics database – only manages partial local and regional government employment data for 49 countries, representing only a quarter of the world’s labour force.

Most local and regional government professions, moreover, are not separately identified under the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO), nor does any International Standard Industry Classification (ISIC) category describe all activities carried out by government.

Daria Cibrario, PSI Local and Regional Government Sector Officer addresses the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) on behalf of PSI and UCLG:

Source: PSI