Domestic Workers Across the World: Global and regional statistics and the extent of legal protection
ILO, January 2013, 65 pages
This volume presents national statistics and new global and regional estimates on domestic workers across the world.
It shows that domestic workers represent a significant share of the labour force worldwide and that domestic work is an important source of wage employment for women, especially in Latin America and Asia. It also examines the extent of inclusion or exclusion of domestic workers from key working conditions laws.
In particular, it analyses how many domestic workers are covered by working time provisions, minimum wage legislation and maternity protection. The results demonstrate that under current national laws, substantial gaps in protection still remain.