A skilled labor force is essential for firms to thrive and compete; it fosters the ability to innovate and to adopt new technologies. Characteristics about the workforce such as a strong reliance on temporary workers may indicate regulatory inflexibilities regarding the hiring and firing of full-time workers. The indicators on this page measure labor issues in 144 countries. The results are based on surveys of more than 161,000 firms. A database query tool is available to help you better understand workforce issues across various firm subgroups. You can also generate graphs to compare countries.
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