Employment policies and data

OECD Indicators of Employment Protection 2013


July 2020 - The EPL Indicators have been updated - The new version is  available here

The OECD indicators of employment protection legislation measure the procedures and costs involved in dismissing individuals or groups of workers and the procedures involved in hiring workers on fixed-term or temporary work agency contracts. 

The indicators have been compiled using the Secretariat’s own reading of statutory laws, collective bargaining agreements and case law as well as contributions from officials from OECD member countries and advice from country experts. 

It is important to note that employment protection refers to only one dimension of the complex set of factors that influence labour market flexibility. For information on other labour market policies and institutions in OECD countries, see the OECD Employment Database.‌‌

detailed information on employMent protection by country in 2013

  • For a description of employment protection in individual countries, click on the links below.

>> OECD countries

>> Non-OECD Latin American & Carribean countries*

>> Other non-OECD countries and territories

*Indicators for these countries have been constructed within a cooperation project between with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and are drawn from the OECD-IDB database on summary indicators of Employment Protection Legislation (EPL) in Latin American and the Caribbean . Indicators for other countries are under full responsibility of the OECD Secretariat.
This document is without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area.

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