Introducing the “Labour Rights Index 2020”

7 October 2021 is the World Day for Decent Work. On this day, I would like to introduce our work, the Labour Rights Index 2020. Decent work in most of the places in the world cannot be achieved with statutory guarantees. These guarantees are fundamentally provided under the labour law, and a baseline is already available in the form of the Labour Rights Index 2020, co-produced by the WageIndicator Foundation and the Centre for Labour Research.

The Labour Rights Index is a de jure index, and it measures the presence or absence of relevant legislation only. The Labour Rights Index looks at every aspect of the working lifespan of a worker and identifies the presence of labour rights, or the lack of it, in national legal systems worldwide. It has 10 indicators and 46 evaluation criteria. These are based on substantive elements of the Decent Work Agenda and are grounded in UDHR, five UN Conventions, five ILO Declarations, 35 ILO Conventions, and four ILO Recommendations. The Index provides an overall score for each of the 115 countries covered.

We are working on revising the Labour Rights Index, and a new edition will be launched on 01 May 2022.

To know about our methodology and country scores as well as the comparative heatmap, please follow the link:

WageIndicator Foundation, a Dutch non-profit established in 2001, works towards increased transparency in labour markets by providing access to minimum wages, living wages, and labour rights information in more than 100 countries. The Centre for Labour Research, an independent non-profit registered in Pakistan, works as the WageIndicator’s global Labour Law Office and produces research on comparative labour issues.

Best regards

Iftikhar Ahmad

Founder, Centre for Labour Research (Pakistan)

Labour Law expert, WageIndicator Foundation (Netherlands)