In Southeast Asia, women workers were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Urgent policy action is needed to address the issue and improve the welfare of women in other areas as well.
Blog posts on "labor market"
Women and young people were hit the hardest by job losses during the pandemic but some governments used innovative policies to improve the situation.
The discourse on quality jobs and decent work has changed since the onset of the pandemic. This transition has provided key insights and policy implications.
Older persons have vulnerabilities related to gender, family dynamics, financial and digital literacy, access to labor markets and long-term care. Policymakers should support the region’s growing elderly population to achieve healthier and more productive lives.
The pandemic has worsened inequality on many fronts. Pro-active macroeconomic policy combined with labor retraining programs and increased social protection are needed.
As the Philippines rebounds from the pandemic, strengthening labor market programs will be critical to help workers and enterprises make the transition.
After a difficult year during the pandemic, there are encouraging signs that workers in the Philippines will not only find employment but thrive in the post-COVID-19 labor market.
Cambodia needs careful advance planning to ensure sustainable growth as it transitions to a middle-income economy.
Technical skills are becoming increasingly in demand as Nepal transitions from an agrarian to a mixed economy.