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Economy > Entrepreneurship > Hiring and Firing > Index ranking: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Every economy has established a complex system of laws and institutions intended to protect the interests of workers and to guarantee a minimum standard of living for its population. The OECD Job Study and the International Encyclopedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations identify 4 areas subject to statutory regulation in all countries: employment, social security, industrial relations and occupational health and safety. Doing Business focuses on the regulation of employment, specifically the hiring and firing of workers and the rigidity of working hours. This year data on social security payments by the employer and pension benefits, including the mandatory retirement age, have been added. The data on hiring and firing workers are based on a detailed survey of employment and social security regulations. The survey is completed by local law firms. The employment laws of most countries are available online in the NATLEX database, published by the International Labour Organization. In all cases both actual laws and secondary sources are used to ensure accuracy. Conflicting answers are further checked against 2 additional sources, including a local legal treatise on employment regulation. NOTE: This is a ranking derived from several indicators, 1 being the best (ranked first). The higher the number on this graph, the lower their overall ranking. Invert this graph by clicking on 'Amount' at the top. Consult source for details on methodology.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Burkina Faso 154 2005
2 Niger 153 2005
3 Togo 152 2005
4 Sierra Leone 151 2005
5 Spain 150 2005
6 Romania 149 2005
7 Greece 148 2005
8 Mali 147 2005
9 Congo, Republic of the 146 2005
10 Portugal 145 2005
11 Brazil 144 2005
12 Central African Republic 143 2005
13 France 142 2005
14 Turkey 141 2005
15 Egypt 140 2005
16 Democratic Republic of the Congo 139 2005
17 Italy 138 2005
18 Paraguay 137 2005
19 Tanzania 136 2005
20 Moldova 135 2005
21 Chad 134 2005
22 Slovenia 133 2005
23 Argentina 132 2005
24 Germany 131 2005
25 Colombia 130 2005
26 Ecuador 129 2005
27 Senegal 128 2005
28 Albania 127 2005
29 Mauritania 126 2005
30 Mexico 125 2005
31 Morocco 124 2005
32 Vietnam 122 2005
33 Benin 121 2005
34 Indonesia 120 2005
35 Ukraine 119 2005
36 Madagascar 118 2005
37 Angola 117 2005
38 India 116 2005
39 Panama 115 2005
40 Sao Tome and Principe 114 2005
41 Mozambique 113 2005
42 Iran 112 2005
43 Estonia 111 2005
Former French colonies average (profile) 110.39 2005
44 Austria 110 2005
Eurozone average (profile) 109.4 2005
45 Croatia 109 2005
46 Taiwan 108 2005
47 Burundi 107 2005
48 Cameroon 106 2005
49 South Korea 105 2005
50 Rwanda 104 2005
51 Latvia 103 2005
52 Iraq 102 2005
53 Tunisia 101 2005
54 Dominican Republic 100 2005
55 Cote d'Ivoire 99 2005
56 Sri Lanka 98 2005
57 Guinea 97 2005
European Union average (profile) 96.36 2005
58 Algeria 96 2005
59 Bosnia and Herzegovina 95 2005
Emerging markets average (profile) 94.12 2005
60 Syria 94 2005
NATO countries average (profile) 93.81 2005
61 Lithuania 93 2005
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 92.78 2005
Eastern Europe average (profile) 92.71 2005
62 Guatemala 92 2005
63 Pakistan 91 2005
64 Bulgaria 90 2005
65 Bolivia 89 2005
66 El Salvador 88 2005
67 China 87 2005
68 Sweden 86 2005
69 Hungary 85 2005
70 Finland 84 2005
71 Peru 83 2005
72 Philippines 82 2005
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 81.92 2005
73 Azerbaijan 81 2005
74 Nicaragua 80 2005
Religious countries average (profile) 79.14 2005
75 Cambodia 79 2005
failed states average (profile) 79 2005
76 Armenia 78 2005
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 77.13 2005
77 Sudan 77 2005
78 Uzbekistan 76 2005
79 West Bank 75 2005
80 Slovakia 74 2005
Non-religious countries average (profile) 73.85 2005
81 United Arab Emirates 73 2005
OPEC countries average (profile) 72.44 2005
82 Costa Rica 72 2005
High income OECD countries average (profile) 71.2 2005
83 Venezuela 71 2005
84 Netherlands 70 2005
85 Nepal 69 2005
86 Jordan 68 2005
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 68 2005
87 Bhutan 67 2005
88 South Africa 66 2005
89 Georgia 65 2005
South Asia average (profile) 64.2 2005
90 Poland 64 2005
91 Kyrgyzstan 63 2005
92 Laos 62 2005
93 Serbia and Montenegro 61 2005
South and Central Asia average (profile) 60.09 2005
94 Czech Republic 60 2005
95 Ireland 59 2005
96 Israel 58 2005
97 Russia 57 2005
98 Honduras 56 2005
99 Belarus 55 2005
100 Mongolia 54 2005
101 Yemen 53 2005
102 Uruguay 52 2005
103 Lesotho 51 2005
104 East Timor 50 2005
105 Lebanon 49 2005
106 Ghana 48 2005
107 Ethiopia 47 2005
108 Norway 46 2005
109 Vanuatu 45 2005
110 Puerto Rico 44 2005
111 Belgium 43 2005
East Asia and Pacific average (profile) 42.24 2005
112 Kenya 42 2005
113 Malawi 41 2005
114 Eritrea 40 2005
115 Jamaica 39 2005
116 Zambia 38 2005
117 Chile 37 2005
118 Kiribati 36 2005
119 Mauritius 35 2005
120 Malaysia 34 2005
121 Oman 33 2005
122 Papua New Guinea 32 2005
123 Iceland 31 2005
124 Solomon Islands 30 2005
125 Kazakhstan 29 2005
126 Saudi Arabia 28 2005
127 Nigeria 27 2005
128 Kuwait 26 2005
129 Afghanistan 25 2005
130 Canada 24 2005
131 Thailand 23 2005
132 Bangladesh 22 2005
133 Haiti 21 2005
134 Japan 20 2005
135 Zimbabwe 19 2005
136 Fiji 18 2005
137 Denmark 17 2005
138 Botswana 16 2005
139 United Kingdom 15 2005
140 Australia 14 2005
141 Namibia 13 2005
142 Samoa 12 2005
143 Switzerland 11 2005
144 Uganda 10 2005
145 Marshall Islands 9 2005
146 Federated States of Micronesia 8 2005
147 Singapore 7 2005
148 United States 6 2005
149 Maldives 5 2005
150 New Zealand 4 2005
151 Hong Kong 3 2005
152 Tonga 2 2005
153 Palau 1 2005

Citation

"Countries Compared by Economy > Entrepreneurship > Hiring and Firing > Index ranking. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Doing Business, Economy Rankings, 2005. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Entrepreneurship/Hiring-and-Firing/Index-ranking

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