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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Employment, Unemployment, and Decent Work

Employment, Unemployment, and Decent Work

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(p.179) 26 Employment, Unemployment, and Decent Work
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Handbook of International Social Work
Author(s):

Tatsuru Akimoto

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0026

This chapter summarizes the global employment situation, which begins with an international comparison of employment composition by status, industry, and occupation. Reference to informal sectors is then made, and a description of unemployment, underemployment, and decent work follows. The link between these factors and the international migration of workers is also briefly explored. Even if the same word, employment, is used, what it means—the reality and concept—may differ considerably, making international comparisons and analyses difficult. As far as intervention is concerned, the International Labor Organization (ILO) is the core international agency that is active in this field through setting standards and implementing technical cooperation projects whose processes provide opportunities for the field of social work to intervene.

Keywords:   global employment, informal sectors, unemployment, underemployment, labor migration, International Labor Organization, social work practice

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