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Report on the Nepal Labour Force Survey 2008
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Nepal Labour Force Survey 2008 is the second important step in the arena of labour force statistics in Nepal. It updates various indicators of labour force statistics derived from the Nepal Labour Force Survey 1998/99, which was the first of its kind in Nepal. Both surveys provide essential statistics for
monitoring employment and labour market developments in Nepal. The surveys of this kind try to address the various labour related issues of the country as well. The Ninth Five Year Plan laid emphasis on various long-term objectives in the employment field, and particularly on the need to reduce the rates of unemployment and underemployment. It also stressed the need for employment promotion and extension, and for the implementation of a “one household,
one job” policy. Further, the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007) followed by the Three Year Interim Plan (TYIP) covering the period 2008-2010 has given high priority to the alleviation of poverty through employment generation, skills development and rural development. In the mean time, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the ILO's Decent Work Country
Programme also support Governments those goals and assist in Youth Employment.
The concepts of employment and labour underutilisation have been measured more carefully and more precisely in this survey than in the Nepal Living Standards Surveys (NLSS) I & II (1995/1996 and 2003/04). Hence the users should be careful while comparing the labour force statistics with NLSS I & II. The survey provides a number of valuable indicators to monitor progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals which were established by the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000. A separate chapter has been included in this report on this topic. This report contains new estimates of informal employment and labour underutilisation that have not previously been attempted in such types of survey in Nepal. Moreover, this report includes analysis based on new concept of labour underutilisation that was recently submitted to the ILO’s
International Conference of Labour Statisticians, (Geneva, November-December 2008). Alike in the first labour force survey, in this survey also, special attention has been given to measure the activities of women and children and hence provides improved estimates of employment and labour underutilisation among them. The timely publication of the results of the NLFS 2008 will be of very useful to the government policy makers, and it is hoped that the results will also be valuable to a wider users as well. Analysts in research institutions and in the academic communities are also encouraged to make full use of the data set to investigate further issues in the employment.
GoN, ILO ,   (2008 )
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 ILO : International Labor & Labor
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