Employment Profile and Challenges of the Private Sector in Iraq

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/EDID/2019/WP.17

Country: Republic of Iraq

Publication Type: Working papers

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Financing for development, Inclusive development

Initiatives: Job creation

SDGs: Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Keywords: Employment, Employment creation, Productivity, Technical cooperation, Child labour, Employment, Private sector, Sustainable development, Workforce

Employment profile and challenges of the private sector in Iraq

January 2019

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) primarily address the essential components of achieving a better path of equitable economic growth, providing proper and equal education, equality between gender and good physiological and material wellbeing in several dimensions.

In this employment profile we focus on Sustainable Development Goal 8 that aims at promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. Several targets underlie these aims: sustained economic growth (8.1), high levels of economic productivity (8.2), promotion of productive activities (8.3), full productive employment and decent work for all (8.5), reduced number of youth not in employment, education or training (8.6), the eradication of forced labor, human trafficking and the worst forms of child labor (8.7).

The purpose of this country profile is to provide a general overview of the labor market and productivity in Iraq and provide policy guidance that could help achieve the above presented targets in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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