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 Liberia 22.60 2010
8 Timor-Leste 21.90 2007
9 Pakistan 21.70 2011
10 Bolivia 21.13 2013
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
19 Jordan 15.90 2007
21 Honduras 15.77 2014
22 Ethiopia 15.70 2011
23 Brazil 14.96 2014
24 Indonesia 14.90 2010
25 Senegal 14.31 2015
26 Central African Republic 14.30 2010
27 Tanzania 13.73 2014
28 The Gambia 13.50 2008
29 Azerbaijan 13.40 2005
30 Kyrgyz Republic 13.18 2014
31 Mexico 13.16 2013
32 Tajikistan 13.10 2005
33 Guinea 12.90 2012
33 Ghana 12.90 2006
35 Mozambique 12.70 2008
36 Albania 12.60 2010
37 Colombia 12.52 2014
38 Angola 12.50 2001
38 Turkey 12.50 2006
40 Nicaragua 12.30 2012
41 Venezuela 12.10 2013
42 Mongolia 11.98 2013
43 Rwanda 11.50 2014
44 Syrian Arab Republic 11.30 2006
44 Vietnam 11.30 2012
46 Peru 10.76 2015
47 Romania 10.70 2000
48 Ecuador 10.64 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 Afghanistan 9.20 2011
55 Côte d'Ivoire 9.10 2012
56 Uruguay 9.00 2009
57 Panama 8.45 2014
58 Sudan 8.36 2014
59 Sierra Leone 8.20 2013
60 Togo 8.14 2014
61 Lesotho 8.00 2000
62 Thailand 7.90 2005
63 Gabon 7.80 2012
64 Chile 7.70 2012
65 Sri Lanka 7.60 2009
65 Costa Rica 7.60 2011
67 Iraq 7.40 2011
68 Dem. Rep. Congo 7.27 2014
69 Philippines 7.00 2011
70 Niger 6.90 2012
71 Chad 6.90 2015
72 Nigeria 6.81 2011
73 Congo 6.80 2012
74 Moldova 6.50 2009
74 Kazakhstan 6.50 2006
76 Trinidad and Tobago 6.30 2006
77 Haiti 5.50 2012
78 Dominican Republic 5.35 2014
79 Malawi 5.24 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 Swaziland 3.80 2010
87 Serbia 3.68 2014
88 Armenia 3.50 2010
89 Ukraine 3.00 2012
90 Algeria 2.90 2013
91 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