Over 60% of All Workers Lack any Kind of Employment Contract

Human Wrongs Watch

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports*.


A few facts

  • Employment growth since 2008 has averaged only 0.1% annually, compared with 0.9% between 2000 and 2007
  • Over 60 per cent of all workers lack any kind of employment contract.
  • Fewer than 45 per cent of wage and salaried workers are employed on a full-time, permanent basis, and even that share is declining.
  • By 2019, more than 212 million people will be out of work, up from the current 201 million
  • 600 million new jobs need to be created by 2030, just to keep pace with the growth of the working age population

The way forward

  1. © UN Photo/Martine Perret 2015

    Sustainable Development Goals

    Social protection for all to change people’s lives by 2030 

    21 September 2015

  2. © ILO/Truong Van Vi 2015

    Sustainable Development Goals

    Grow the economy with a well-balanced diet 

    14 September 2015

 *Source: ILO. Go to Original.

2013 Human Wrongs Watch

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