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

Definition: Average working hours of children working only refers to the average weekly working hours of those children who are involved in economic activity and not attending school.

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 Turkey 46.60 2006
2 Kenya 44.40 2009
3 Cambodia 43.90 2012
4 Bolivia 43.81 2013
5 Lao PDR 43.60 2010
6 Zimbabwe 42.90 1999
7 Liberia 41.00 2010
8 Egypt 39.10 2009
9 Jordan 38.50 2007
10 Honduras 37.08 2014
11 Kyrgyz Republic 36.45 2014
12 Bangladesh 35.59 2013
13 Thailand 35.40 2005
14 Guatemala 35.05 2015
15 Uganda 33.80 2012
16 Vietnam 32.60 2012
17 Somalia 31.70 2006
18 Indonesia 31.00 2010
19 Ecuador 30.64 2015
20 Madagascar 30.40 2007
21 Tanzania 30.16 2014
22 Mexico 29.88 2013
23 El Salvador 29.71 2013
24 Namibia 28.90 1999
25 Mongolia 27.42 2013
26 Albania 27.00 2010
27 Venezuela 26.62 2013
28 Yemen 26.50 2010
29 Kazakhstan 25.00 2006
30 Syrian Arab Republic 24.40 2006
31 Brazil 24.17 2014
32 Timor-Leste 24.10 2007
32 Philippines 24.10 2011
34 Ethiopia 24.00 2011
35 Paraguay 23.88 2014
36 Pakistan 22.70 2011
37 Mali 22.20 2013
38 Uruguay 21.70 2009
39 Côte d'Ivoire 21.10 2012
40 Serbia 20.90 2005
40 Romania 20.90 2000
42 Costa Rica 20.40 2011
43 The Gambia 20.20 2008
44 Burkina Faso 19.40 2010
45 Nicaragua 19.22 2012
46 Senegal 19.14 2015
47 Ghana 18.90 2006
48 Rwanda 18.80 2014
49 Mauritania 18.74 2011
50 Peru 18.72 2015
51 Cameroon 18.50 2011
52 Colombia 18.47 2014
53 Tajikistan 18.40 2005
54 Togo 17.67 2014
55 Congo 17.20 2012
56 Panama 16.94 2014
57 Central African Republic 16.40 2010
58 Benin 15.80 2012
58 Iraq 15.80 2011
58 Azerbaijan 15.80 2005
58 Guinea 15.80 2012
62 Sri Lanka 15.40 2009
63 Burundi 15.30 2010
64 Angola 14.40 2001
65 Tunisia 13.70 2012
66 Nepal 13.58 2014
67 Mozambique 12.90 2008
68 Chad 11.24 2015
69 Algeria 11.00 2013
70 Lesotho 10.70 2000
71 Sudan 10.61 2014
72 Nigeria 9.97 2011
73 Sierra Leone 9.90 2013
74 Gabon 9.80 2012
75 Niger 9.30 2012
76 Dem. Rep. Congo 9.22 2014
77 Malawi 9.07 2014
78 Afghanistan 8.70 2011
79 Swaziland 8.60 2010
80 Haiti 6.70 2012
81 Guinea-Bissau 5.10 2014
82 Georgia 4.60 2006
82 Zambia 4.60 2008
84 Dominican Republic 3.75 2014
85 Ukraine 1.00 2012
85 Macedonia 1.00 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