Employment policies and data

OECD Indicators of Employment Protection


The OECD indicators of employment protection legislation measure the procedures and costs involved in dismissing individuals or groups of workers and the procedures involved in hiring workers on fixed-term or temporary work agency contracts. Indicators for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries have been constructed in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The indicators have been compiled using the Secretariat’s own reading of statutory laws, collective bargaining agreements and case law as well as contributions from officials from OECD member countries and advice from country experts. The OECD Secretariat and the IDB equally share the responsibility of the interpretation of LAC countries’ statutory laws, collective bargaining agreements and case law.

It is important to note that employment protection refers to only one dimension of the complex set of factors that influence labour market flexibility. For information on other labour market policies and institutions in OECD countries, see the OECD Employment Database.‌‌


OECD INdicators oF EMployment protection legislation (for download)

>> Download the detailed data on the OECD indicators of employment protection for OECD and non-OECD countries (Excel file)
Data contain:
  • the synthetic indicators of the strictness of regulation on dismissals and the use of temporary contracts
  • the 21 items used to compile the synthetic indicators


>> Download the synthetic indicators on the OECD indicators of employment protection for OECD and non-OECD countries through OECD.Stat, the online statistical platform of the OECD

detailed information on employMent protection by country

  • For a description of employment protection in individual countries, click on the links below.

>> OECD countries

>> Non-OECD Latin American & Carribean countries*

>> Other non-OECD countries and territories

*Indicators for these countries have been constructed within a cooperation project between with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Indicators for other countries are under full responsibility of the OECD Secretariat.
This document is without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area.

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‌Andrea Bassanini (Andrea.Bassanini@oecd.org)


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