Statistical Insights on Home-Based Workers in the World


Globally, 260 million women and men produce goods or provide services from in or around their homes: 86% (more than 224 million workers) in developing and emerging countries and 14% (more than 35 million workers) in developed countries.

This flyer contains key points on the geographic spread of home-based workers, their characteristics and working conditions. Data were drawn from the ILO ILOSTAT Database of 118 countries.

A section on how COVID-19 impacted home-based work in 2020 is also included.

For a comprehensive examination of the data, see Home-Based Workers in the World: A Statistical Profile.

Also available in Spanish and Russian.

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