Domestic workers

  • Ensuring the Right to Rest for domestic workers

    Find out what guidelines are provided by ILO standards and what benefits result from granting sufficient rest for domestic workers.

  • Debunking the myths on domestic workers

    According to numerous studies in a great variety of countries across the world, we now know that it is possible: Policy-makers, domestic workers’ and employer’ organizations across the world are proving that conditions for domestic workers can be improved and regulated.

  • Who are domestic workers?

    Domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and are among the most vulnerable groups of workers.

  • Which countries have ratified Convention 189?

    The ILO Convention 189 and the accompanying Recommendation 201 set out that domestic workers around the world who care for families and households, must have the same basic labour rights as those available to other workers.

Key resources

  1. Policy resources & tools on domestic work

    An overview of the most important ILO policy resources and tools – grouped by category (wages, working time, social protection, collective bargaining, migrant domestic workers, labour inspection...)

  1. Database on working conditions laws

    Working time, minimum wages and maternity protection data