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Handbook on Measuring Quality of Employment

Published: October 2015

Employment is at the centre of most people's lives, and the quality of an individual's employment is an important element of his or her well-being. At the same time, labour markets are evolving and the conditions of employment are continuously changing, which affects the lives of individual workers and members of their households. This development has been accompanied by growing interest in quality of employment and demands from policy makers, governments and researchers for more systematic information on the quality of employment to complement the well-established quantitative labour market indicators. 

The Statistical Framework presented in this Handbook, and developed by the Expert Group on Measuring Quality of Employment, offers a coherent structure for measuring quality of employment and provides practical guidance for compiling and interpreting a number of proposed indicators. 

The Steering Group on Measuring Quality of Employment, as part of its mandate, reviews the Handbook and identifies areas where updates should be considered to ensure the relevance and practical usability of the Handbook. The results of work carried out in 2016-2018, namely on discrimination at work, work-life balance and job satisfaction, can be found in Addendum 1, available for download below. 


Handbook on Measuring Quality of Employment (2.75 MB)

Addendum 1 – January 2019