For Informal Workers: COVID-19 Crisis Resources

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Find information designed to help keep informal workers safer as they work during the COVID-19 pandemic AND information to assist informal worker organizations and allies in advocacy efforts.
 

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for Waste Pickers

for Informal Traders

for Domestic Workers 
 

INFORMATION FOR ADVOCACY

Statistics on the size and significance of the informal economy

The first-ever global estimates on the size of informal employment, published by the ILO in 2018, show 61% of all workers are informally employed. That’s 2 billion workers worldwide—whether self-employed, wage workers, casual day labourers or dependent contractors. 

But the numbers are higher or lower depending on the region:

Informal employment as a per cent of total employment by region (excluding developed countries)

Region %
Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Southern Africa) 92
Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole 89
Southern Asia 88
East and South-eastern Asia (excluding China) 77
Middle East and North Africa 68
Latin America and the Caribbean 54
Eastern Europe and Central Asia 37

WIEGO has completed comprehensive data on informal workers in urban areas of these countries:

Looking for the size of YOUR COUNTRY’s informal workforce?

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Country statistics on informality are found at Appendix B, Table B1 (pages 85-90) in Women and Men in the Informal Economy, 3rd edition (PDF, 10Mb).

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