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Italy: Most domestic workers are foreigners

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by IDWFED published Jan 28, 2013 12:00 AM
At least 80% of domestic workers in Italy are foreigners, a new research by Fondazione Leone Moressa has revealed. There was – 5.2% decrease in their number between 2010 and 2011. In the same period, the number of Italian domestic workers increased by 3.0%.

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At least 80% of domestic workers in Italy are foreigners, a new research by Fondazione Leone Moressa has revealed. There was – 5.2% decrease in their number between 2010 and 2011. In the same period, the number of Italian domestic workers increased by 3.0%.

Domestic work in the country is mainly done by women. The average age of female Italian domestic workers is 46 while that of female foreign domestic workers is 43.

Foreign domestic workers generally work 27 hours per week while their Italian counterparts work 19 hours.

When it comes to pay, foreign domestic workers receive an average salary of €6,411 per year compared to Italian domestic workers who receive €5,153.

Non-EU domestic workers earn slightly more than EU domestic workers, €1,102 compared to €1,057.

Since 2010, the pay of foreign domestic workers increased by 10%. Most (60.2%) foreigners doing domestic work in Italy are from Europe.

There are about 770,000 domestic workers paying social security contributions. Some 60.9% are from Eastern Europe while 17.6% are from Asia.

South American domestic workers pay the highest amount of social security contributions (€1,188) while North Africans pay the least (€855).

More than a third of domestic workers in Italy are based in Lombardia (20.2%) and Lazio (17.2%).

The highest number of foreign domestic workers is found in Lazio (88.1%), followed by Emilia Romagna (87.8%) and Lombardia (87.5%).

In Sardegna where most domestic workers are Italians, only 23.7% of domestic workers are foreigners.

Rome, Milan and Turin are the provinces with the highest number of domestic workers. Rome has more than 109,000 domestic workers.

Some 15.5% of domestic workers in Rome are Italians, followed by Milan (11.7%) and Turin (4.8%).

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Source: Africa News

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