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2/3 of global workers in unorganised sector
More than 61 per cent of the world’s employed population of 2 billion people earn their livelihoods in the informal (unorganised) sector, the United Nations labour agency has said, stressing that a transition to the formal economy was critical to ensure rights’ protection and decent working conditions.
“The high incidence of informality in all its forms has multiple adverse consequences for workers, enterprises and societies and is a major challenge for the realization of decent work for all,” said Rafael Diez de Medina, the Director of the Department of Statistics at the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Monday.
The findings are revealed in ILO’s latest report, Women and men in the informal economy: A statistical picture. The study also provides comparable estimates on the size of the informal economy and a statistical profile of the sector, using criteria from more than 100 countries.
“Having managed to measure this important dimension, now included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators framework, this can be seen as an excellent step towards acting on it, particularly thanks to more available comparable data from countries,” added Diez de Medina. The geographic distribution of employment in the informal sector presents a striking picture.
In Africa, 85.8 per cent of employment is informal. The proportion is 68.2 per cent in Asia and the Pacific, 68.6 per cent in the Arab States, 40 per cent in the Americas, and just over 25 per cent in Europe and Central Asia. In all, 93 per cent of the world’s informal employment is in emerging and developing countries.
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