Strengthening Labour Administration

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Professor Jason Heyes and Dr. Thomas Hastings are conducting new research into national labour administration systems on behalf of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The resulting publications will be a follow-up to ‘Labour Administration in Uncertain Times’, edited by Jason Heyes and Sheffield University Management School (SUMS) Honorary Senior Research Fellow Ludek Rychly, published in 2013.

Labour administration (as defined by Convention 150 of the ILO, 1978) refers to all public administration activities in the field of national labour policy. Staged within national ‘systems’ of labour administration, the study will undertake a comprehensive analysis of public administration bodies responsible for/engaged in labour administration across a range of states. Via case study research, this is likely to include the exploration of ministerial departments, public agencies, and other institutional frameworks geared for the coordination of work activities (e.g. bodies for consultation with and participation by employers, workers and their organisations) in a series of selected countries.

The intention of the project is to map new practices, innovations and modernization efforts in the field of labour administration, and to draw lessons for labour administrators and policy makers operating across a range of national contexts.

Objectives Objectives include analysis and evaluation of measures taken by national governments (in particular ministries of labour and national labour inspection systems) with the intention of providing key recommendations aimed at enhancing the capability and effectiveness of labour administration. At a collective level all national studies will provide a basis for a comparative analysis, which, in addition to a main report will result in training tools for the ILO to deliver at their International Training Centre in Turin. The investigation will focus on the following key themes:

  • Important recent administrative reforms (including drivers of reforms and their relative importance).
  • Planning and data issues (e.g. the types of plans used in labour administration at different levels).
  • Coordination issues, including formal and informal mechanisms used to coordinate administration/inspection systems.
  • The existence of partnerships, with emphasis on the manner in which state bodies cooperate with other stakeholders to make labour administration more effective.
  • Exploration of technologies used to contribute to performance, exploring how labour administration bodies benefit from technology (including costs, benefits and drawbacks).
  • Institutional performance management and appraisals of its effectiveness.
  • The extension and scope of labour administration into the informal sector.