Conceptual Framework: Informal Employment

Production units

by type

Jobs by status in employment
Employers Contributing family workers Employees Members of producers’ cooperatives
Informal Formal Informal Formal Informal Informal Formal Informal Formal

Formal sector enterprises

        1 2      
Informal sector enterprises (a) 3   4   5 6 7 8  
Households (b) 9         10      

(a) As defined by the Fifteenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians (excluding households employing paid domestic workers).

(b) Households producing goods exclusively for their own final use and households employing paid domestic workers.

Note: Cells shaded in dark grey refer to jobs, which, by definition, do not exist in the type of production unit in question. Cells shaded in light grey refer to formal jobs. Unshaded cells represent the various types of informal jobs.     

Informal Employment:

Cells 1 to 6 and 8 to 10.


Employment in the informal sector:

Cells 3 to 8.


Informal employment outside the informal sector:

Cells 1, 2, 9 and 10.


International Labour Office Report of the  Seveenteenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians, Geneva 24 November – 3 December 2003. Geneva ILO.