Sri Lanka Employment Diagnostic Study: Fostering Workforce Skills through Education

Publication | November 2017

This study examines Sri Lanka’s employment situation, including issues of aging and skills generation, and draws recommendations from the analysis.

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Empowered Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s development policy document, envisions reorienting the country toward a modern and high-value-adding economy that is able to compete in the global market. Expanding the middle class and improving the living standards by creating one million jobs are at the core of the policy. This report seeks to support the realization of that vision by analyzing Sri Lanka’s employment situation and drawing recommendations from the analysis. The report starts with an overview of the labor market in relation to both supply and demand. It then looks at the issues of aging and skills generation. The concluding chapter examines links between labor market trends, informality, and poverty.

This study is a co-publication of the Asian Development Bank and the International Labour Organization.


  • Summary and Highlights
  • Labor Market Assessment: Overview of Sri Lanka’s Demographic and Labor Market
  • Aging and Labor Market Impacts
  • Bridging Skills for Employment in Sri Lanka
  • The Welfare Dimensions of Employment Change in Sri Lanka and Sustainable Growth
  • Concluding Remarks
  • References

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Industry and trade
  • Sri Lanka
  • 76
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS179120-2
  • 978-92-9261-004-3 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-005-0 (electronic)

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