Employer organisations play a decisive role in a variety of fields, such as collective wage bargaining, developments in legislation and the formation of economic and social policy. In particular, national peak employer organisations shape a broad range of issues via their direct and indirect influence on consultative processes at the national and international level. While the role of peak organisations has not considerably changed in recent years, new developments are to be observed at the sectoral level. Employer organisations in certain sectors have endeavoured to enhance their influence by reorganising their structures.