Average working hours of children, working only, male, 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 Jordan 53.20 2007
2 Egypt 51.30 2009
3 Paraguay 47.25 2014
4 Kenya 46.12 2009
5 Turkey 44.50 2006
6 Lao PDR 44.00 2010
7 Zimbabwe 43.70 1999
8 Pakistan 41.90 2011
9 Mexico 38.27 2013
10 Cambodia 37.60 2012
11 Madagascar 37.40 2007
12 Bolivia 37.32 2013
13 Namibia 37.00 1999
14 Liberia 36.40 2010
15 Bangladesh 36.35 2013
16 Venezuela 35.68 2013
17 El Salvador 35.64 2013
18 Somalia 35.60 2006
19 Vietnam 35.30 2012
20 Yemen 35.00 2010
21 Guatemala 34.18 2015
22 Tanzania 32.86 2014
23 Uganda 32.60 2012
24 Honduras 32.28 2014
25 Colombia 32.02 2014
26 Ethiopia 31.90 2011
27 Syrian Arab Republic 30.90 2006
28 Brazil 30.66 2014
29 Nicaragua 30.09 2012
30 Costa Rica 29.60 2011
31 Mongolia 29.53 2013
32 Indonesia 29.30 2010
33 Albania 28.60 2010
34 Iraq 27.70 2011
35 Thailand 27.00 2005
36 Mali 26.20 2013
37 Sri Lanka 25.90 2009
38 Senegal 25.87 2015
39 Benin 25.60 2012
40 Rwanda 24.90 2014
41 Ecuador 24.81 2015
42 Timor-Leste 24.80 2007
43 Cameroon 24.40 2011
44 Burkina Faso 24.20 2010
45 Côte d'Ivoire 24.10 2012
46 Mauritania 24.08 2011
47 Tajikistan 24.00 2005
48 Lesotho 23.40 2000
49 Panama 22.68 2014
50 Romania 22.50 2000
51 Uruguay 21.90 2009
52 The Gambia 21.50 2008
52 Ghana 21.50 2006
54 Philippines 21.20 2011
55 Guinea 20.50 2012
56 Peru 19.23 2015
57 Central African Republic 17.50 2010
58 Togo 16.93 2014
59 Azerbaijan 16.70 2005
60 Afghanistan 15.40 2011
61 Mozambique 15.30 2008
62 Nepal 15.23 2014
63 Congo 15.20 2012
64 Angola 14.90 2001
65 Burundi 14.70 2010
66 Algeria 14.20 2013
67 Tunisia 13.80 2012
68 Serbia 13.60 2005
69 Chad 13.05 2015
70 Sudan 12.80 2014
71 Malawi 12.72 2014
72 Kyrgyz Republic 12.44 2014
73 Chile 11.60 2012
74 Dominican Republic 11.39 2014
75 Sierra Leone 10.80 2013
76 Nigeria 10.12 2011
77 Niger 9.60 2012
78 Guinea-Bissau 9.37 2014
79 Dem. Rep. Congo 9.11 2014
80 Swaziland 8.80 2010
81 Gabon 8.50 2012
82 Haiti 8.10 2012
82 Georgia 8.10 2006
84 Trinidad and Tobago 8.00 2006
85 Zambia 5.00 2008
86 Macedonia 4.00 2011
86 Kazakhstan 4.00 2006
88 Ukraine 2.00 2012

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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