The OECD Employment Outlook provides an annual assessment of key labour market developments and prospects in OECD member countries. Each edition also contains several chapters focusing on specific aspects of how labour markets function and the implications for policy in order to promote more and better jobs. This year’s chapters cover a comparison of labour market performance in different countries in terms of the quantity and quality of job and inclusiveness, the policy determinants of labour market resilience following the 2008 economic crisis, an assessment of how technology and globalisation are transforming the labour market, and a rich description of collective bargaining in OECD countries.

The 2017 OECD Employment Outlook is the joint work of staff of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. The staff of the OECD Economics Department also contributed to the preparation of Chapter 2. It has greatly benefited from contributions from national government delegates. However, the Outlook’s assessments of each country’s labour market prospects do not necessarily correspond to those made by the national authorities concerned.

This report was edited by Paul Swaim, and is based on contributions from Andrea Bassanini, Pascal Marianna and Paul Swaim (Chapter 1), Alexander Hijzen, Andreas Kappeler, Mathilde Pak and Cyrille Schwellnus (Chapter 2), Paolo Falco and Andrea Salvatori (Chapter 3), and Sandrine Cazes and Andrea Garnero (Chapter 4). Research assistance was provided by Dana Blumin, Sylvie Cimper, Duncan MacDonald, Sébastien Martin and Agnès Puymoyen. Editorial assistance was provided by Gabriela Bejan, Natalie Corry, Monica Meza-Essid and Marlène Mohier.