Publications on domestic work

  1. Publication

    Behavioural insights in employers’ choice of recruitment services for domestic work

    04 April 2022

    The ILO launched a campaign based on behavioural science, in a bid to influence the market in Hong Kong towards greater demand for fair recruitment practices. This report presents the results of the randomised control trial that was designed and used to identify the most effective message frame to trigger the behaviour of employers of domestic workers in Hong Kong (China) and influence their choice of private recruitment agencies when hiring foreign domestic workers.

  2. Publication

    Guidance on occupational safety and health for domestic workers and employers to prevent and mitigate COVID-19

    21 January 2022

  3. Thematic brief

    Thematic brief: Promoting internal labour market mobility in the Arab States

    30 November 2021

    This thematic brief was developed to further discussions during the Africa – Arab States Interregional Tripartite Meeting on Labour Migration on 15-16 November 2021. It sets out the rationale and promising practices for promoting internal labour market mobility, loosely defined as the ability to terminate employment, switch to a different employer, renew a work permit and/or leave the destination country without the approval of the employer, including during the contract period.

  4. ILO Brief

    Intervention Model: For extending social protection to migrant domestic workers

    08 November 2021

  5. Publication

    Extending Social Protection to Migrant Workers, Refugees, and their Families: Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners

    08 November 2021

    This new ILO global Guide provides an overview of policy options and country practices to extend social protection to migrant workers, refugees and their families.


    Implementation of recommendations from the 3rd to 12th ASEAN Forums on Migrant Labour (AFML)

    18 August 2021

    Progress review background paper for the 13th AFML


    Supporting migrant workers during the pandemic for a cohesive and responsive ASEAN Community

    18 August 2021

    Thematic background paper for the 13th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour

  8. Report

    Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: Progress and prospects ten years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189)

    15 June 2021

    This report assesses the working conditions of domestic workers ten years after the adoption of Domestic Workers Convention in 2011. It highlights the progress made over a decade, as well as the remaining legal and implementation gaps, and provides guidance on policies that can pave the way to make decent work a reality for domestic workers.

  9. Publication

    Rendere il lavoro dignitoso una realtà per i lavoratori domestici – Sintesi del rapporto

    15 June 2021

  10. Training Policy Brief

    Protecting domestic workers in Lebanon. How to amend the labour code to better protect domestic migrant workers in Lebanon?

    23 March 2021

    This policy brief intends to provide recommendations on how to better protect the domestic workers in Lebanon by amending the labour code. It reviews the situation of the employment conditions of the migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, which were lately exacerbated as a result of the COVID-19. As a way forward, it proposes three recommendations in order to unlock the complex situation.