The Process towards Labour Formalisation in Ecuador over the Last Decade

Raúl Lorente Campos, Adoración Guamán Hernández


Purpose. The aim of this paper is to analyze the transition from informal to formal labour in Ecuador in the last decade.
Design/ methodology/ approach. The analysis will focus on two current challenges: the inclusion of self-employed workers and that of unpaid home workers (TNRH) in the national social security system.
Findings. Ecuador has become an interesting case with significant changes in terms of formalisation, labour market composition and the evolution of the labour and social security legal framework.
Research limitations/implications. Although significant progress, economic and labour informality is still a major issue in Ecuador, as it affects some 50% of its working population.
Originality/ value. The paper presents some proposals concerning public policies aimed at promoting formalisation and decent work by adopting a gender perspective.
Paper type. Issues paper.