Domestic workers across the world: global and regional statistics and the extent of legal protection


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International Labour Office (ILO)


This publication sheds light on the magnitude of domestic work, a sector often 'invisible' behind the doors of private households and unprotected by national legislation. The adoption of new international labour standards on domestic work (Convention No. 189 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201) by the ILO at its 100th International Labour Conference in June 2011 represents a key milestone on the path to the realization of decent work for domestic workers. This volume presents national statistics and new global and regional estimates on the number of domestic workers. It shows...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Industry; Employment; Governance; Migration; Gender; Income; Statistics

Keywords: Unskilled worker; Low skilled worker; Legal aspect; Migrants; Working conditions; Wage; Minimum wage

Geographic subjects: Central America and the Caribbean; Asia; Oceania; South America; Middle East; Africa; Europe

Published: Geneva, Switzerland: ILO, 2013

Physical description: [xii], 134 p.

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ISBN: 9789221252733; 9789221252740 (online)

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 111.541

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