The definition of recruitment fees and related costs, adopted by a Tripartite Meeting of Experts, held in Geneva in November 2018. The definition recognizes the principle that workers shall not be charged directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, any fees or related costs for their recruitment. This comprehensive definition is guided by international labour standards and should be read together with the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment.
The definition is intended to support the development, monitoring, implementation and enforcement of laws, policies and measures aimed at the protection of workers’ rights. It also supports development and implementation of effective regulation of recruitment practices to combat non-compliance, support transparency of recruitment practices, as well as enhance the functioning of labour markets. Considering the complexity of the definition, this new tool helps navigate its various components in an interactive and accessible manner.
Considering the complexity of the definition, the ILO developed a new visual tool on the ILO definition of recruitment fees and costs. This new tool helps navigate its various components in an interactive and accessible manner.