Productive Employment


The ILO defines Productive Employment as “all employment (for wages or as self-employed) that yields sufficient income to allow the worker and his/her family/dependents to obtain a material standard of living above the poverty line.”

While the definition is precise in theory it is not clear how to operationalize it with respect to method and sources of information, for example:  What poverty line to apply (absolute, relative, or other),
- How to weigh individuals versus household income opportunities
- And what sources of data on consumption/expenditures as well as labour market conditions are available.
- In practice changes in earnings from a baseline level may be an easier indicator for monitoring intervention impact.
An “improvement in productive employment” could imply an increase in the number of productive jobs, or a significant increase in the productivity and earnings of employment of the poor without necessarily shifting them above the poverty line.

Wednesday, 05th Jul 2017, 07:25:14 PM

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