Publications on domestic work
Domestic Work Policy Brief no. 7
Working time of live-in domestic workers
28 November 2013
This document is part of a series of briefs on issues and approaches to promoting decent work for domestic workers.
Promoting integration of migrant domestic workers in Europe (Final Evaluation Summary)
21 November 2013
Project: RER/11/01/EEC - Evaluation Consultant: Peter Mahy
Extension of social protection of migrant domestic workers in Europe
06 November 2013
'Extension of social protection of migrant domestic workers in Europe' provides an introduction to the ILO's social security mandate and the EU's social security legal framework, exploring how each applies to migrant domestic workers. It also identifies challenges and good practices towards extending social protection to migrant domestic workers in national, bilateral, and multilateral contexts.
Migrant domestic workers in action: Leaflet
01 November 2013
Around the world, at least 52 million people - over 80% of whom are women - earn their living as domestic workers. They clean, cook, look after children and take care of the elderly, among other tasks. Domestic workers provide much needed skills and make invaluable contributions to the families and homes they care for, and to society at large. Yet their contribution is often not valued, and they remain largely unprotected and subject to abuse.
Migrant Domestic Workers in Focus, Issue #1
31 October 2013
ILO Newsletter “Migrant Domestic Workers in Focus” is an awareness rising and promotion tool developed in the framework of the EU funded Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their families (GAP-MDW) and published on a quarterly basis. The purpose of the newsletter is to promote decent work for migrant domestic workers globally and to keep ILO partners, constituents and other stakeholders informed about current and upcoming developments in the migration and domestic work sectors.
Child domestic work: Global estimates 2012
04 October 2013
This fact sheet is an update to the global estimates on child domestic work 2008
International Migration Papers No. 117
Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in France (in French)
19 September 2013
The French country report of the European research project “Promoting the integration of migrant domestic workers” analyses the trajectories of migrants working in the domestic services sector in France. Although the sector has been significantly transformed, against a background of major socio-demographic changes, this research relates in particular to three groups of paid activities carried out in people’s homes: care for incapacitated adults (dependent elderly and people with disabilities), childcare, and household services used by private individuals (single persons or families) (In French)
International Migration Papers No. 116
Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in Belgium
18 September 2013
Domestic workers provide an invaluable contribution to societies, yet still too often their work is not valued as such, and they remain a largely hidden and often vulnerable workforce. The Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, 2011 (No. 189), can be perceived as recognition of the value of domestic work and as a call for action addressing the exclusion of domestic workers from protective regulatory frameworks.
Know your rights leaflet
17 September 2013
Questions and answers on decent work for migrant domestic workers
International Migration Papers No. 115
Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in Italy
17 September 2013
Since the 1970s, the labour market of domestic services has experienced a considerable growth in Italy, becoming over the past decade the main sector of employment for migrant women: in 2011, more than one foreign woman in two (51.3 per cent) was employed as a domestic worker or family assistant (CNEL, 2012). This phenomenon has been driven by the concomitance of a number of processes: an advanced process of population ageing (with one of the highest rates in the world of persons over 65), the increase of female participation in the labour market, the persistence of rigid patterns of gendered labour division in households, a public welfare budget heavily skewed in favour of monetary transfers (especially old-age and survivor pensions) to the detriment of welfare services in support of families.