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Joint survey to Public Employment Services on COVID-19

28 April 2020

WAPES, together with the International Labour Organization, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank and SOCIEUX+, launches survey for assessing COVID-19’s impact on public employment services


During these challenging times, the role and initiatives of public actors in labour and employment policies and services are more than ever of crucial importance. 


The Public Employment Services (PES), like other public and private actors, have unseen challenges to take up. Today, to limit the impact of the economic crisis caused by this pandemic, and together to anticipate the actions to support the economic recovery. Tomorrow, to contribute to repairing the social and economic damages caused to our territories, and, to promote new perspectives emerging from the lessons we will learn from this difficult collective experience


In order to identify foreseeable issues and measures to be undertaken, as well as emerging challenges, as a consequence of COVID19 crisis, WAPES, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and SOCIEUX+ have launched a jointly survey.  


The survey focuses on 4 main areas:  preventive and economic support measures, including beyond PES scope; measures to maintain PES services; measures of service organization; and the current or foreseeable problems on the functioning of the labour market and ensuring service delivery. 


The survey is directed on line to more than 120 countries. The results, that will be presented in the following weeks, will be used to document interventions in response to the pandemic and to share experiences and encourage peer learning among the different members and beyond.



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EC                   European PES Knowledge center