Average working hours of children, study and work, female, ages 7-14 (hours per week) - Country Ranking

Definition: Average working hours of children studying and working refer to the average weekly working hours of those children who are attending school in combination with economic activity.

Source: Understanding Children's Work project based on data from ILO, UNICEF and the World Bank.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Namibia 41.10 1999
2 Lao PDR 34.70 2010
3 Kenya 32.50 2009
4 Bangladesh 31.70 2013
5 Paraguay 29.25 2014
6 Somalia 26.80 2006
7 Bolivia 22.89 2015
8 Liberia 22.60 2010
9 Timor-Leste 21.90 2007
10 Pakistan 21.70 2011
11 Egypt 20.90 2009
12 El Salvador 19.07 2013
13 Madagascar 18.20 2007
14 Guatemala 17.92 2015
15 Cambodia 17.60 2012
16 Mali 17.00 2013
17 Mauritania 16.23 2011
18 Yemen 16.10 2010
19 Burkina Faso 15.90 2010
20 Honduras 15.77 2014
21 Ethiopia 15.70 2011
22 Indonesia 14.90 2010
23 Senegal 14.31 2015
24 Central African Republic 14.30 2010
25 Tanzania 13.73 2014
26 Azerbaijan 13.40 2005
27 Colombia 13.30 2015
28 Kyrgyz Republic 13.18 2014
29 Mexico 13.16 2013
30 Tajikistan 13.10 2005
31 Brazil 13.04 2015
32 Ghana 12.90 2006
32 Guinea 12.90 2012
34 Mozambique 12.70 2008
35 Albania 12.60 2010
36 Angola 12.50 2001
36 Turkey 12.50 2006
38 Jordan 12.38 2016
39 Nicaragua 12.30 2012
40 Venezuela 12.10 2013
41 Mongolia 11.98 2013
42 Rwanda 11.50 2014
43 Vietnam 11.30 2012
43 Syrian Arab Republic 11.30 2006
45 Peru 10.76 2015
46 Romania 10.70 2000
47 Ecuador 10.64 2015
48 Malawi 10.62 2015
49 Burundi 10.60 2010
50 Uganda 10.50 2012
51 Benin 10.20 2012
52 Cameroon 10.10 2011
53 Nepal 9.45 2014
54 The Gambia 9.36 2015
55 Afghanistan 9.20 2011
56 Côte d'Ivoire 9.10 2012
57 Uruguay 9.00 2009
58 Costa Rica 8.90 2016
59 Panama 8.45 2014
60 Sudan 8.36 2014
61 Sierra Leone 8.20 2013
62 Togo 8.14 2014
63 Lesotho 8.00 2000
64 Thailand 7.90 2005
65 Gabon 7.80 2012
66 Chile 7.70 2012
67 Sri Lanka 7.60 2009
68 Iraq 7.40 2011
69 Dem. Rep. Congo 7.27 2014
70 Philippines 7.00 2011
71 Niger 6.90 2012
72 Chad 6.90 2015
73 Nigeria 6.81 2011
74 Congo 6.80 2012
75 Kazakhstan 6.50 2006
75 Moldova 6.50 2009
77 Trinidad and Tobago 6.30 2006
78 Haiti 5.50 2012
79 Dominican Republic 5.35 2014
80 Guinea-Bissau 5.22 2014
81 Tunisia 5.00 2012
82 Georgia 4.40 2006
83 Zambia 4.30 2008
84 Uzbekistan 4.10 2005
85 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.00 2006
86 Eswatini 3.80 2010
87 Serbia 3.68 2014
88 Armenia 3.50 2010
89 Ukraine 3.00 2012
90 Algeria 2.90 2013
91 North Macedonia 2.30 2011
92 Belarus 2.10 2012
93 Jamaica 1.90 2011

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Development Relevance: In most countries more boys are involved in employment, or the gender difference is small. However, girls are often more present in hidden or underreported forms of employment such as domestic service, and in almost all societies girls bear greater responsibility for household chores in their own homes, work that lies outside the System of National Accounts production boundary and is thus not considered in estimates of children's employment.

Limitations and Exceptions: Although efforts are made to harmonize the definition of employment and the questions on employment in survey questionnaires, significant differences remain in the survey instruments that collect data on children in employment and in the sampling design underlying the surveys. Differences exist not only across different household surveys in the same country but also across the same type of survey carried out in different countries, so estimates of working children are not fully comparable across countries. For detailed source information, see footnotes at each data point.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data are from household surveys by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and national statistical offices. The surveys yield data on education, employment, health, expenditure, and consumption indicators related to children's work. Since children's work is captured in the sense of "economic activity," the data refer to children in employment, a broader concept than child labor (see ILO 2009a for details on this distinction). Household survey data generally include information on work type - for example, whether a child is working for payment in cash or in kind or is involved in unpaid work, working for someone who is not a member of the household, or involved in any type of family work (on the farm or in a business).

Periodicity: Annual