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The OECD supports the G20 in this area by identifying relevant responses to the jobs crisis, policies to minimise economic effects and strategies to promote a job-rich recovery. The OECD has provided extensive support to the G20 Task Force on Employment.



The OECD and International Labour Organization (ILO) have been contributing to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meetings since 2010. The OECD has highlighted good policy practices drawing from our extensive policy reviews and analyses. The OECD has also assisted countries in drafting the Conclusions for these meetings.

The OECD has worked notably in the following areas:

  • Contributing to the ILO training strategy (pdf) for G20 Leaders in Toronto (2010), with significant inputs to the ILO report on equipping the workforce with the skills required for strong, sustainable and balanced growth for the 21st century.

  • Helping the French Presidency to define their agenda on youth employment, particularly by preparing a policy note for the group on Giving Youth a Better Start (pdf).

  • Helping define the terms of reference of the Task Force on Employment e.g. providing input into the "G20 Strategies for Youth Employment", which is being elaborated by the Task Force.

  • Sharing its expertise to help promote a job-rich recovery and skills development, in particular through the report on Boosting Jobs and Living Standards in G20 Countries (pdf), prepared as a follow up to the Cannes Summit Declaration.  

  • Providing support to the Mexican authorities on sustainable development, green growth and quality employment for the Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Mexico.

  • Preparing a report on labour activation policies to offer advice on building more inclusive labour markets.  The OECD also contributed with the ILO to the monitoring process of G20 countries’ commitments in the labour market and social policy areas.

As a practical step forward to tackle the jobs crisis, the group established the G20 Employment Task Force (ETF). The Task Force initially concentrated on assisting countries in sharing best practices to tackle youth unemployment, and has now extended its work to job creation and labour activation.

The OECD contributed to the setting up of the Employment Task Force under the French Presidency and to the definition of its terms of reference. It has since been supporting the ETF on youth employment, job creation and labour activation in particular. The Organisation also contributes to monitoring of labour market development and the progress made by countries in implementing the employment agenda set by G20 Leaders.  


The OECD has shared its cross-sectoral experience to help the G20 promote a job-rich recovery and skills development.

In particular, the Organisation delivered a report on Boosting Jobs and Living Standards in G20 Countries in April 2012, examining how the G20 economic reform agenda under the G20 Framework for Growth could contribute to job creation.

Some of its elements were incorporated in the new G20 Action Plan on Growth and Jobs endorsed by Leaders at the Los Cabos Summit.