Domestic Work Policy Brief no. 7

Working time of live-in domestic workers

This document is part of a series of briefs on issues and approaches to promoting decent work for domestic workers.

By virtue of living in the household, live-in domestic workers and their employers are likely to build close ties, working and living together for many years. However, living in the homes of their employers has also meant that live-in domestic workers on average work far more hours per day and per week than almost any other category of workers. In some cases, the isolation of domestic workers in the household has meant that they are expected to be available to work around the clock, with very little rest.