Workforce recruitment and labour supply

Produced by ALP in partnership with the UK Home Office, this guide provides specific, practical guidance for all UK recruiters, HR professionals and employers on actions that must and should be taken in respect of their existing workforce and future recruits in response to changes to the UK Immigration system.

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Definition of recruitment fees and related costs

This video outlines 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.

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Ensuring Fair recruitment, what the ILO has achieved, an infostory

A recruitment process is only fair when carried out within the law and in line with the International Labour Standards, but most importantly when it respects human rights.

Building on ILO’s extensive experience in improving labour migration and preventing forced labour, the Fair Recruitment Initiative was launched in 2014 to protect workers from abuse and exploitation, while also responding to labour market needs.

As the ILO launches the second phase of the Fair Recruitment Initiative, we look at how it has reformed recruitment laws and practices around the world, and has improved workers’ lives.

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Promising practices for fair recruitment

This promising practice is part of a series, and results from a stocktaking exercise undertaken five years after the launch of the Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI).

Law amendment concerning management of migrant workers in Thailand 
Revision of the Law on Contract-Based Overseas Workers 
Italian National Action Plan to tackle labour exploitation, unlawful recruitment and forced labour in agriculture 
Nepal – Bilateral labour agreements include provisions related to fair recruitment  
Bangladesh – Government capacity enhanced to promote fair recruitment in bilateral negotiations and arrangements 
Tunisia – Formation of a new body of inspectors for the recruitment industry  
India – Blacklisting employers and recruiters abroad to protect Indian migrant workers  
Piloting fair recruitment from Bangladesh to Qatar in the construction sector  
Fair recruitment pilot between Nepal and Jordan in the garment sector  
Mexico - Fair recruitment practice by recruitment agency adapted to COVID-19  
Code of Conduct on the fair recruitment of Filipino migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong (China)  
Code of Conduct in international supply chains by Responsible Business Alliance 
Commitment to fair recruitment and due diligence in the sugar and palm oil industry of Guatemala   (English) Guatemala – Compromiso con la contratación equitativa y la debida diligencia en el sector guatemalteco del azúcar y el aceite de palma (Español)
Zero recruitment fee policy for (migrant) workers in Jordan 
Guatemala – Outreach through trade unions including attention to COVID-19 (English) Guatemala – Difusión a través de los sindicatos, incluida la atención a la COVID-19 (Español)
Raising Pakistani migrant worker’s awareness of their right to fair recruitment

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ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative Strategy 2021-2025 Taking stock, moving forward

The Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI) was launched in 2014 as part of the ILO Fair Migration Agenda. Since its launch, the FRI has been critical to ILO’s work in the area of national and international recruitment of workers and has added renewed impetus and visibility to this important topic. The 2021-2025 Strategy will continue to be grounded in relevant international labour standards (ILS), global guidance, and social dialogue between governance institutions and actors of the labour market.

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The ILO launches the second phase of the Fair Recruitment Initiative

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Establishing Fair Recruitment Processes: An ILO online training toolkit

In cooperation with ITC-ILO, the REFRAME project has produced a comprehensive modular training manual on fair recruitment to support its constituents to design, support and implement fair recruitment practices.

This training course is available as an interactive version (online) and as individual downloadable modules (PDF). It contains five modules covering different aspects of fair recruitment. This training manual is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
 

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General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment and definition of recruitment fees and related costs

The principles and guidelines aim to inform the current and future work of the ILO and of other organizations, national legislatures, and the social partners on promoting and ensuring fair recruitment. The principles and guidelines were developed by a Tripartite Meeting of Experts, held in September 2016.

The definition of recruitment fees and related costs 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 principles and guidelines. The definition was adopted by a Tripartite Meeting of Experts, held in Geneva in November 2018.

Together this guidance forms a comprehensive approach to realizing fair recruitment through development, implementation and enforcement of laws and policies aiming to regulate the recruitment industry and protect workers’ rights.

This guidance is developed within the framework of the Fair Recruitment Initiative, which aims to help prevent human trafficking, protect the rights of workers (including migrant workers) from abusive and fraudulent practices during the recruitment and placement process, reduce the cost of labour migration and enhance development gains.

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El acceso de refugiados y otras personas desplazadas por la fuerza al mercado de trabajo

Documento de referencia y proyecto de principios rectores de la OIT para su discusión en la Reunión técnica tripartita sobre el acceso de refugiados y otras personas desplazadas por la fuerza al mercado de trabajo.

Este documento de referencia y el proyecto de principios rectores de la OIT se han preparado con el fin de proporcionar una base y un marco para las deliberaciones de la Reunión técnica.

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Asegurar la contratación equitativa durante la pandemia de la COVID-19

En el presente informe se destacan los principales desafíos de la contratación nacional e internacional de trabajadores durante la pandemia de la COVID-19, la respuesta de la OIT así como las políticas y medidas recomendadas. En el anexo se describen las prácticas de las partes interesadas para promover la contratación equitativa durante la pandemia de la COVID-19.

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