SHERPA TRACK

Employment

The Employment Working Group priority will be to develop actions to create quality jobs and promote decent work in order to guarantee social inclusion and eliminate poverty, with a just transition in the face of digital and energy transformations.

About the WG

The group will discuss the global employment scenario, increasingly under the influence of technological change, which must be understood as a way of improving society's quality of life. The debate on gender equality and the promotion of diversity in the world of work will also be central.

For 2024, a series of virtual and face-to-face meetings and seminars are already planned to discuss the priority axes of the WG and prepare the Ministerial Declaration that will be presented during the meeting of the Ministers of Labor.

History of the WG

The discussions of the WG have been quite wide-ranging in recent years. In 2019, the priorities defined were related to new forms of work, solutions for a longer-lived society and gender equality. 

In 2020, during the Saudi presidency, the priority themes were youth employment; adapting pension and social protection systems to new types of work; applying behavioral insights to the world of work and women's employment.

More and better jobs for women was the present agenda in 2021, during Italy's presidency.

In 2022, under the presidency of Indonesia, the group prioritized the following themes: integrating people with disabilities into the job market; the qualification of workers for inclusive growth; job creation by small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship, and the adaptation of labor protection for all workers.

In 2023, the Indian presidency selected topics related to job qualification (classification and harmonization of skills); sustainable social protection systems and protection and decent work for platform workers. The Brazilian interventions in the co-chair reinforced that classification and harmonization initiatives should follow established international standards and not create dumping nor job precarization.