The ILO and the BRICS

BRICS is a grouping acronym referring to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Since 2009, BRICS countries are meeting annually at formal summits and the ILO is supporting the respective BRICS presidencies.

Facts & Figures

  • The unemployment rate in BRICS countries decreased to 5.3 per cent in 2021 and is projected to decrease further to 4.5 per cent in 2022.
  • About 9.8 per cent of the adult and 28.4 per cent of the youth labour force was underutilized in 2019; i.e. they were either unemployed, underemployed or not in employment but interested in working however existing conditions limit their active job search and/or their availability.
  • The gender gap in the labour force participation rate stood at 28.5 percentage points in 2021 and is estimated to remain at this level in 2022.
  • The youth unemployment rate has increased continuously since 2010 and reached a record high of 20.5 per cent in 2021.
  • The share of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) increased from 14 per cent in 2019 to 16.1 per cent in 2020 for men, and from 36.2 per cent in 2019 to 36.8 per cent in 2020 for women.
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ILO contributions to the BRICS

  1. Labour and Employment Ministers' Meeting

    Formalization of labour markets - an ILO perspective

    17 September 2021

  2. Labour and Employment Ministers' Meeting

    Gig economy and the world of work: the role of digital platforms

    17 September 2021

  3. Presentation

    The future of work in the digital economy

    17 September 2020

  4. Presentation

    Poverty alleviation through social and economic transformation

    17 September 2020