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Data & Indicators

Updated by Jeronim Capaldo on 13.06.2016

Special focus

Old age pension beneficiaries
Old age pension beneficiaries data

Unemployed receiving unemployment benefits
Unemployed receiving unemployment benefits

Main statistical resources


Global databases on social security

  The ILO Social security inquiry database: Quantitative information on social security schemes and benefits and national indicators
  The Social transfers impacts matrix | Database
  Social security programmes and mechanisms database | More
Qualitative information on statutory social security provision.
  Database of Conditions of Work and Employment Laws (ILO/TRAVAIL): Working Time - Minimum Wages - Maternity Protection
  Asian Development Bank. Regional tables | More
  CEPAL / ECLAC (English)
  • CEPALSTAT | Statistical databases and documents | More
  • Programas de Transferencias Condicionadas - CCT expenditure data, periodically updated data from all countries in the LAC region | More
  • Social pension database (Pensiones sociales - Base de datos de programas de protección social no contributiva en America Latina y el Caribe) - qualitative and quantitative information) | More
  • Series of country report describing social protection system | More
  • Monitoring the first Millennium Development Goal Database | More  [Quantitative]

Eurostat | ESSPROS datatabase under the Living conditions and welfare database | More
Eurostat | CIRCA qualitative information | More [Qualitative]

  Helpage international
  • Pension watch | More
  • Global AgeWatch:  a website for evidence and data on population ageing and development | More
  • Global AgeWatch national report cards | More
  International Social Security Association
  • ISSA Statistical Database on Social Security in Developing Countries | More
  • ISSA-members database | More
  • ISSA Country profiles | More
  International Monetary Fund | Government Finance Statistics (GFS) | More
  Ipeadata | Provided and managed by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea), Brazil | More
  OECD | SOCX database on social expenditure | More
OECD | Health Data 2010: Statistics and Indicators | More
OECD | Family database | More
  Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database (version 5 2010) | More
Armando Barrientos, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa and Mathilde Maitrot Brooks World Poverty Institute
The University of Manchester
  Social transfers evidence | More
The Social Transfers Evidence Base is an Internet-based database system that enables users to extract bullet-point summaries on programme impact from over 140 studies.
  • Identifying Fiscal Space: Options for Social and Economic Development for Children and Poor Households in 184 Countries | More
  World Bank
  • Safety Net Spending database | More
  • World Development indicators | More
  • Pension data | More
  • ASPIRE (Atlas of Social Protection: Indicators of Resilience and Equity) | More
  World Health Organization
  • Global Health Observatory | WHO Statistical Information System | More
  • National Health Account | More

Useful non social security global databases

  ILO Database of labour statistics | LABORSTA
  Key Indicators of the Labour Market | KILM
  Latin America and Caribbean Labour Information System | Quipustat
  Direct access to ILO databases | Main page
  UN Data | More
  International Monetary Fund, Data and Statistics | More
  World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision Population Database | More
  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, statistics | More
  World Food Programme: Hunger statistics | More
  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, statistics | More
  UN-Habitat, statistics | More

Household surveys

  Social security data collection through existing national surveys | More
  People security surveys datasets and questionnaires | Questionnaires and microdata
  ILO Labour force surveys database |  Database
  Links to international statistical agencies and national statistical office | More
  Demographic Health Surveys (DHS)
It is equipped with a powerful STATcompiler: all survey reports are accessible with their questionnaires
  ISHN | International Household Survey Network.
A web-based Central Survey and Census Catalog, which provides users with access to selected survey and census metadata, documentation and datasets. Access to underlying electronic files is enforced and controlled according to each official depositor's policy. Access to the website of National Statistical Offices is facilitated through IHSN and tabulations and metadata are more and more accessible on national websites.
  World Bank - Living Standards Measurement Study | More
  Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)
Since the mid-1990s, the MICS (developed by UNICEF) has enabled many countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators in the areas of health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS. This website provides access to survey tools and raw data.
  SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe | More
  The Health and Retirement Study - A Longitudinal Study of Health, Retirement, and Aging sponsored by the National Institute on Aging | More
  The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) - a cross-national data archive | More

Statistics and indicators

Overview of social security indicators by Social protection floor guarantees

(1) Access to essential health care | main indicators of social health protection
Health expenditure not financed out of pocket by private households (1995-2011) | More
Social health protection coverage as a percentage of the population, Global estimates | More
The multiple dimensions of social health protection: selected indicators 2011 | More
Main data sources
(2) Children
Data Child and family benefits and financing sources | Map
Public social security expenditure on benefits targeting children (or families with children) | More
Main data sources
(3) Working age
Data Working age

Public social protection expenditure on benefits targeting persons in working age | More

  • Extent of legal coverage worldwide as a percentage of the labour force, latest available year | More
  • Effective coverage: percentage of the unemployed receiving unemployment benefits, country data, 1990-2013 (percentages) | More
Employment injury Extent of legal coverage as a percentage of economically active population (by country and regional estimates), 201/13 | More
  • Statutory coverage for maternity cash benefits (% employed women), 2013 | Map
  • Effective coverage for maternity cash benefits (% employed women), 2013 | Map
  • Statutory duration of maternity benefits (weeks), 2013 | Map
  • Statuory level of cash maternity benefit, 2013 (per cent of previous earnings) | Map
  • Type of maternity benefits, 2013 | Map
Main data sources
(4) Old age
  • Share of population above the statutory pensionable age receiving an old-age pension | More
  • Active contributors to an old age pension (percentage of the labour force and the working age) | More
  • Public social protection expenditure on benefits targeting persons in old age | More
  • Decent Work Indicators - Concepts and definitions (ILO 2012) | More
Main data sources
(5) Public expenditure indicators (not related to specific social security functions)
Data Public social social security expenditure, several years (percentage of GDP) | More
Main data sources

Methodological tools

Manuals & guidelines

  ILO | The 2016 edition of the Social Security Inquiry was launched  on  June 10. The SSI Manual will be relased shortly.
  Resolution concerning the development of social security statistics. Adopted by the Ninth International Conference of Labour Statisticians (April-May 1957) | More
  Eurostat | ESSPROS Manual - The European System of integrated Social Protection Statistics (2012 edition)
  OECD | The Social Expenditure database: An Interpretive Guide, SOCX 1980-2003 (OECD 2007)
  International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  Asian Development Bank (ADB) | The Revised Social Protection Index: Methodology and Handbook, ADB 2012
  Canberra Group Handbook on Household Income Statistics - see :
  • Handbook on household income statistics (Second edition - 2011)
  • Report and Recommendations (First edition - 2001)

Survey questionnaires & tools

  Mapping of social security provisions by NG0s, government agencies and other civil society organizations
  Module of questions on social protection to be included in regular household surveys (including labour force surveys) | More

Main Resources

  • World Social Protection Report 2014/15: Building economic recovery, inclusive development and social justice
  • The ILO social security inquiry database
  • The World social security report 2011-12 | More
  • Social Protection statistics and indicators inter-agency working group | More
  • Mapping existing international social protection statistics and indicators that would contribute to the monitoring of social protection extension through social protection floors - ESS 38 | More