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[Excerpt] This is the fourth issue of the ILO's report series: Global Estimates on Child Labour. The present Report provides new global and regional estimates on child labour for the year 2012 and compares them with the previous estimates for 2000, 2004 and 2008.

The Report draws on an increasing amount of data from national-level child labour surveys (SIMPOC surveys) and other sources. Understanding Children's Work (UCW), an interagency programme on child labour statistics and research, provided access to non-ILO data and assisted in the analysis.

The new child labour estimates are based on refined estimation techniques fully comparable with the ones for 2000, 2004 and 2008 rounds. They also benefited from: (a) the international standards on child labour statistics adopted by the 18th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2008; and (b) an integrated approach to estimation using standardized tabulation schemes for national data and composite estimation procedures for arriving at regional and global trends.

The remainder of the Report is structured as follows. Chapter 1 highlights the main estimation findings for 2012. Chapter 2 presents the current child labour situation. Chapter 3 presents the dynamic child labour situation, comparing estimation results from 2012 with those of 2000, 2004 and 2008. For Chapters 2 and 3, data are disaggregated to the extent possible by age group, sex, region, branch of economic activity, national income category and status in employment. Chapter 4 provides some pointers for the way forward. The Annex spells out the concepts and methodology underlying the global child labour estimates.


Suggested Citation
International Labor Office. (2013). Marking progress against child labour: Global estimates and trends, 2000-2012. Geneva: Author.