Domestic workers

Domestic workers: only 6% have access to social protection – ILO

According to the ILO, domestic workers are often excluded from national social security legislation.

According to the report, 57.3% of domestic workers in Europe and Central Asia are legally covered for all benefits, while just over 10% have such a right in the Americas and almost none are fully covered in Arab States, Asia and the Pacific. and Africa.

Only 6% of domestic workers worldwide have access to comprehensive social protection, with women who constitute 76.2% of the total domestic workforce being particularly vulnerable in the absence of adequate social benefits, the International Labor Organization (ILO).

“This leaves more than 94% of them without access to the full range of protections, covering medical care, illness, unemployment, old age, accidents at work, family, maternity, invalidity and survivor benefits,” he said in his report on Thursday.

According to the report, making the right to social security a reality for domestic workers, around half of all domestic workers have no coverage, with the other half legally covered by at least one benefit.

“Even when legally covered, only one in five domestic workers are actually covered in practice as the vast majority are informally employed,” he said.

“Despite their vital contribution to society, supporting households in their most personal needs and care, most of the world’s 75.6 million domestic workers face multiple barriers to accessing legal coverage and effective access to social security”, he added.

According to the ILO, domestic workers are often excluded from national social security legislation. Given that 76.2% of domestic workers (57.7 million people) are women, these gaps in social protection make them particularly vulnerable.

According to the report, 57.3% of domestic workers in Europe and Central Asia are legally covered for all benefits, while just over 10% have such a right in the Americas and almost none are fully covered in Arab States, Asia and the Pacific. and Africa. These are regions that include countries where a significant number of domestic workers are employed.