About Decent Work

WageIndicator Decent Work Check projects - an explanation

1. DecentWorkCheck - Light

WageIndicator developed the DecentWorkCheck in 2008. It consisted of a  simple test to check whether you as a person  were either complying with the labour laws in your country (as an employer) , or were experiencing them (as a worker). The national labour law was and is used as a basis to do this check. At this moment WageIndicator has DecentWorkChecks for over 100 countries. You can click here for DecentWorkCheck downloads for printing in English or your national language.

2. DecentWorkCheck - Professional

In Indonesia, Ethiopia and Uganda WageIndicator uses a professional DecentWorkCheck. With this check - on an app, or online - it is possible to check compliance with national labour laws and, when relevant, also minimum wages . This check is directly linked to an individual company. This means the first step in the check is: which company do you work for? Once that is clear the tool presents the correct region and minimum wage level. On the basis of the answers, the tool shows to what extent this company complies with local labour laws. 

To generate a proper overview of the company, the face-to-face survey method is also used by WageIndicator. Interviewers, trained by WageIndicator, interview workers at specific farms, companies or factories.  Per company a  sample is created, and then the interviews start. There are generally between 30 and 50 interviews per farm/company/factory. On the basis of this data  company pages can be created.

3. Factory or Farm Pages

On the basis of 50 completed DecentWorkChecks  WageIndicator can generate a company overview. In that overview it is made clear how the company performs. 

Example: Indonesia - Garment Industry

Example: Ethiopia - Garment Industry

Example: Ethiopia - Flower Industry

Example: Uganda - Flower Farm Industry

4. Change and improvement

On the basis of simple overviews of issues in a company it is easier for a company to make specific changes. For example, if annual leave or maternity leave or sick leave does not follow the labour laws of the country, then these can be adjusted.