Labour-Employment-Training Ministerial Statistical Department

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Dernière mise à jour le : 26/06/2015

The Labour, Employment and training Ministerial Statistical Department is the Directorate for Research, Studies, and Statistics (DARES) in the ministry of Labour, Employment, vocationnal training and social dialogue.

Its scope of investigation includes employment, the labour market, unemployment, compensation of employees, working conditions, employer-employee relations, collective bargaining, and workforce training.

Main missions

DARES is in charge of producing statistics in the areas of labour and employment for use by the Ministry and social players-including social partners, regional governing councils stakeholders in public-sector employment, and media specializing in economic and social issues.

Within the ministries, it also takes initiatives, makes proposals, and issues alerts in response to trends observed via statistics, studies, and research. In liaison with the other departments of its ministries, it coordinates assessment policy.

With the consent of the Ministry of Education Higher Education and Research and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), it conducts programs to mobilise research organisations on what they regard as priority issues concerning labour, employment, unemployment, and continuing education.

DARES interfaces between the Ministry and the research community.

Statistical production

DARES designs, collects, processes, and disseminates statistical data and studies in the field of labour, employment, and continuing education.

It executes surveys and develops information systems based on administrative data obtained through policy implementation. In this capacity, it is responsible for the Ministry's statistical information system. It commissions qualitative and quantitative studies from outside researchers.

For this purpose, it draws on contributions by organisations supervised by the Ministry, such as the Employment Agency (Pôle Emploi) and the Adult Continuing-Education Association (AFPA).

Data collected by DARES typically focussed on institutions and individuals benefiting from employment-support measures. This material is supplemented by extensive use of data gathered by INSEE.

Studies and forecasting

DARES is in charge of preparing the annual program of statistical operations and studies, assessments and research projects of the ministries, taking account of social demand and the needs of various partners.

The directorate reports on current developments to the Minister.

It assists in policy-making, most notably by preparing estimates of the public policies impact on employment and unemployment.

It compiles summary assessments of current conditions prior to policy development, in particular with estimates of the foreseeable effects of public policies on employment and unemployment.

DARES coordinates the study programs carried out under its aegis, and oversees research in these fields. In particular, DARES supervises the work of the Center for Employment Studies (CEE) and—jointly with the Education Ministry—the work of the Center for Studies and Research on Occupational Skills (CEREQ).

DARES develops assessment methodologies. In this capacity, it is active in the post-implementation phase of employment and continuing-education policies with the aim of steadily improving their effectiveness in meeting government objectives.

DARES is responsible for regional coordination of statistics, studies and assessments in its area of competence for the Enterprise, Competition, Consumption, Labour and Employment Regional Directorates (DIRECCTE).


DARES makes its results available to all social players and the wider public through printed publications and online.

It publicises studies and assessments by organising study days that bring researchers and players together, allowing a comparison between theory and practice.

DARES also participates in the work of international organisations and regularly supplies data to Eurostat and the International Labour Office (ILO).

Status in institution

DARES is the Research, Studies and Statistics directorate statistical department for the Labour, Employment, vocational training and social dialogue Ministry.

It comprises four divisions, two cross-sectional sections, and four administrative and dissemination sections.

  • The division for Employment and the Labour Market is in charge of statistics and studies on unemployment, employment, and workplace skills.
  • The division for Wages and Salaries, Labour, and Workplace Relations is responsible for statistics and studies on wage- and salary-earners and payroll employment.
  • The division for Monitoring and Assessment of Employment and Continuing-Education Policies is in charge of (1) statistical tracking of official measures in the field of employment and training and (2) assessing these policies through surveys and studies. It contributes to the inter-ministerial assessment of public policies in the areas of employment and training. Within the Ministry, it administers data on employment and training policies.
  • The division for Regional Action, Dissemination and Resources is responsible for coordinating the network of regional statisticians and managing support functions.
  • The two cross-sectional sections deal with economic analysis and research coordination respectively.