Average working hours of children, study and work, 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 Lao PDR 34.40 2010
2 Namibia 34.30 1999
3 Kenya 32.71 2009
4 Bangladesh 32.04 2013
5 Paraguay 29.33 2014
6 Somalia 26.10 2006
7 Jordan 25.00 2007
8 Pakistan 24.90 2011
9 Liberia 22.40 2010
10 Timor-Leste 21.30 2007
11 Bolivia 20.12 2013
12 El Salvador 20.01 2013
13 Senegal 19.08 2015
14 Mauritania 18.81 2011
15 Ethiopia 18.80 2011
15 Egypt 18.80 2009
17 Guatemala 18.55 2015
18 Cambodia 17.70 2012
19 Burkina Faso 17.60 2010
19 Madagascar 17.60 2007
21 Yemen 16.90 2010
22 Mali 16.30 2013
23 Venezuela 16.29 2013
24 Brazil 16.10 2014
25 Central African Republic 15.70 2010
26 Guinea 15.60 2012
27 Turkey 14.80 2006
28 Indonesia 14.40 2010
29 Colombia 14.35 2014
30 Honduras 14.30 2014
31 Tanzania 14.17 2014
32 Nicaragua 14.13 2012
33 Azerbaijan 14.00 2005
34 Ghana 13.70 2006
35 Mongolia 13.68 2013
36 Mexico 13.65 2013
37 Albania 13.60 2010
38 The Gambia 13.40 2008
39 Afghanistan 13.10 2011
39 Tajikistan 13.10 2005
41 Mozambique 12.90 2008
42 Kyrgyz Republic 12.83 2014
43 Angola 12.50 2001
44 Syrian Arab Republic 12.20 2006
45 Burundi 12.10 2010
46 Rwanda 11.80 2014
47 Vietnam 11.60 2012
48 Cameroon 11.40 2011
49 Peru 10.98 2015
50 Ecuador 10.84 2015
51 Uganda 10.60 2012
51 Benin 10.60 2012
53 Iraq 10.30 2011
54 Romania 10.10 2000
55 Côte d'Ivoire 10.00 2012
56 Uruguay 9.30 2009
57 Sudan 8.89 2014
58 Chad 8.83 2015
59 Nepal 8.82 2014
60 Panama 8.79 2014
61 Lesotho 8.50 2000
62 Sierra Leone 8.40 2013
63 Thailand 8.30 2005
64 Togo 8.12 2014
65 Costa Rica 8.00 2011
66 Sri Lanka 7.90 2009
66 Chile 7.90 2012
68 Dominican Republic 7.64 2014
69 Gabon 7.50 2012
70 Congo 7.30 2012
71 Niger 7.20 2012
72 Philippines 7.10 2011
72 Moldova 7.10 2009
74 Dem. Rep. Congo 7.10 2014
75 Nigeria 7.03 2011
76 Kazakhstan 6.70 2006
77 Trinidad and Tobago 6.50 2006
78 Haiti 5.90 2012
79 Guinea-Bissau 5.77 2014
80 Malawi 5.57 2014
81 Armenia 5.40 2010
82 Georgia 4.90 2006
83 Zambia 4.20 2008
83 Uzbekistan 4.20 2005
85 Swaziland 4.10 2010
86 Serbia 4.05 2014
87 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.70 2006
88 Algeria 3.60 2013
89 Tunisia 3.50 2012
90 Ukraine 3.00 2012
91 Macedonia 2.30 2011
91 Belarus 2.30 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