2022 Assembly


First global survey depicting experiences of violence and harassment at work


The International Labour Organisation has collaborated with Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Gallup to produce the first globally-reaching survey documenting experiences of harassment and violence at work.

The report bases its findings on interviews with 74,364 people, in 121 countries, during 2021.

The figures indicate that violence and harassment at work is sadly an endemic problem in workplaces all over the world.


Based on the sample,

  • 1 in 10 persons in employment worldwide have experienced physical violence and harassment at work during their working life, with men more likely to report than women.
  • 1 in 5 persons has experienced psychological violence and harassment at work, Such as insults, threats, bullying or intimidation.
  • 1 in 15 experienced sexual violence and harassment, or to divide the results by gender, 8.2 percent of women and 5 percent of men.
  • 3 in 5 who reported experiencing the above, said it has happened multiple times. For most, the most recent incident occurred within the last 5 years.


Vulnerable groups


The report provides further insight on the groups of people most vulnerable to violence at work by breaking down the data; it examines differences in the rates of violence and harassment as distinguished by region, income, gender, age and immigration status.

For example, it was found that in Europe and Central Asia, women are more likely than men to have experienced psychological harassment and violence at work, while in Africa and Southern and Eastern Asia, men reported higher rates of experiencing psychological harassment and violence at work.

Young, migrant and wage & salaried people are more vulnerable to violence and harassment at work, with women being more likely to face violence and harassment out of these groups.

Young women are twice as likely as young men to report incidents of sexual violence and harassment, and young migrant women are twice as likely as non-migrant women to report sexual violence and harassment.


Difficult to Share

54.4 percent of victims have shared their experience with someone, often only after repeated occurrences

Respondents cited fears for their reputation and for wasting time as reasons for not disclosing incidents

Those who did share were more likely to do so with family or friends rather than use informal or formal channels at work or to an official organisation 

More detail can be gleaned from reading the full report here a greatly instructive document for policy makers and aid organisations.