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Domestic Workers Worldwide - Summary of available statistical data and estimates

Domestic Workers Worldwide - Summary of available statistical data and estimates

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by Meredith McBride published Jun 01, 2010 12:00 AM
The ILO estimates that over 100 million people work in domestic service. Despite this, statistics in this group of people are rare. The report is a summary of available data and statistics in 2010.

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Domestic work is one of the oldest and for many women the most important occupation. It is a global phenomenon and in many countries indispensable for the economy outside the household to function. Domestic workers are employed for cleaning, childminding, gardening, servicing or care-taking of elderly people in all kinds of private households.

The ILO estimates that over 100 million people work in domestic services(ILO, 2008, p.13). In spite of the salience of this sector globally, data on the number of domestic workers is rare. Due to the high degree of informality of this sector of the labor market, reliable numbers are difficult to collect and compare. Nevertheless, estimates do exist. 

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