Generation of Statistics for Monitoring Contract Works in Establishments
Widespread growth of subcontracting practices, as viewed by some labor trade unions, endangers the level of employment and working condition in the industry. On one hand, there is already a steadily declining number of workers employed in some industries. On the other, subcontracting may serve as the missing middle in the Philippine industry that establishes the link between the formal and informal sectors of the labor market. Quantifying the labor and production carried on by the work contracting sector will contribute to the improvement of labor and industry statistics in support of more relevant development policies and programs. This study then proposes to develop a system for monitoring production and the number and distribution of workers hired through work contracting to assess the true employment and industry situation in the country. This will be conducted in two phases: Phase 1 will focus on the survey design and the formulation of the survey instruments while Phase 2 will involve the conduct of a pilot survey or one round of survey operations as corollary to a regular establishment inquiry of the National Statistics Office to validate the survey design and instruments developed in Phase 1. Results of the study will generate indices of employment, compensation, production, average earnings per employee and production per employee with reference to contracting activities.