Employing Workers: why it matters

Source: Doing Business database

The regulation of employment is necessary for the proper functioning of labor markets. It is needed to protect workers from arbitrary or unfair treatment and to ensure efficient contracting between employers and workers. Labor market regulation can help correct market imperfections, support social cohesion and encourage economic efficiency.

Labor market regulation covers a wide spectrum, from rules governing arrangements for individual contracts to mechanisms for collective action. Evidence from global studies shows that labor market regulation can have an impact on informality, aggregate job flows and the speed of adjustment to shocks. The challenge for governments is to avoid the extremes of over- and under-regulation by balancing labor flexibility with worker protection.(1)

Doing Business measures several aspects of labor market regulationhiring, working hours, redundancy rules and costand job quality (availability of unemployment protection, maternity leave and gender non-discrimination at the workplace). (1).


1- World Bank. 2012. World Development Report 2013: Jobs. Washington, DC: World Bank.