1) Minimize the incidence of "fake reporting" by verifying the employment information from several different sources, such as relevant documentation (contract, payroll), the employee, employer, other key informants, and by conducting unannounced visits at the place of employment.
2) If you lack the data required for counting the number of FTEs, you can use a rule of thumb recommended by ILO stating that two part-time jobs equal one FTE job (source: ILO’s webinar Measuring Job Creation, 12th February 2019). This method is less precise and should be used only if it is impossible for the project to use the methodology described above.
3) In addition to reporting on the number of FTEs, report separately on the total number of people who gained any type of job (full-time, part-time, seasonal). This will show you the number of people who were reached by the project’s employment-creation support.
4) Since there is a significant difference in the value of a very poorly paid job and a well-paid job (for example, one that pays at least an average salary), it is highly recommended that you disaggregate the data by salary level.
5) It is recommended that you document the contact details (phone numbers / e-mails / addresses) of those people who gained employment, so that you can later easily contact them to see how many of them managed to retain their job.
6) Consider complementing the provided results by the following indicators:
- Proportion of Jobs Retained
- Income from Employment
- Employee Satisfaction Index
- Security in Employment
7) Consider measuring the number of directly as well as indirectly supported FTEs. Jobs that were directly supported are those provided by employers you directly worked with (e.g. fruit processing factories that you supported directly with training or access to finance). If the support results in other value chain actors (e.g. more traders collecting fruit, or more farmers producing fruit, based on the growth of the fruit processors) having to employ more people, these jobs can be counted as indirectly supported FTEs. Value chain maps can be a useful way to analyse and display the direct and indirect jobs that a programme is responsible for. To calculate the number of indirectly supported FTEs, you can use a similar methodology as the one described above. At the same time, due to the difficulty related to counting the number of indirectly supported FTEs, it is important that you acknowledge in your reports / presentations that the numbers of indirectly supported FTEs are well-founded estimates (based on all the available data) rather than precise measurements.
8) For more guidance, read chapter 3.3 of DCED’s publication below.