The Status of Domestic Workers in China and Decent Work Challenges
Research reports, working paper
In China, there are 20 million domestic workers who serve as housekeepers, nannies and caregivers in private homes or public areas. Most domestic workers are women from small agriculture towns who seek work in private households. They are often the primary income earners for their own families.
Despite the importance of their work, domestic workers are not considered workers under the law and continue to be excluded from social protections that other Chinese workers enjoy. This makes domestic workers vulnerable and easily exploitable.