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Underemployment exists when a person’s employment is inadequate in relation to specified norms of alternative employment, account being taken of his or her occupational skill. Two forms of underemployment may be distinguished: visible and invisible.

In the Resolution Concerning the measurement of underemployment and inadequate employment situations adopted by the 16th International Conference of Labour Statisticians in October 1998 recommendations concerning the measurement of underemployment are limited to time-related underemployment.

Source Publication:
International Labour Organisation (ILO) Resolution Concerning statistics of economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment, adopted by the 13th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (October 1982).

Cross References:
Invisible underemployment
Time related underemployment
Visible underemployment

Statistical Theme: Labour statistics

Created on Thursday, May 2, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, May 7, 2002