Average working hours of children, working only, 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 52.70 2007
2 Egypt 48.80 2009
3 Turkey 45.40 2006
4 Kenya 45.34 2009
5 Paraguay 43.94 2014
6 Lao PDR 43.70 2010
7 Zimbabwe 43.30 1999
8 Bolivia 40.54 2013
9 Cambodia 40.40 2012
10 Liberia 38.50 2010
11 Bangladesh 36.09 2013
12 Mexico 35.87 2013
13 Madagascar 34.50 2007
14 El Salvador 34.45 2013
15 Guatemala 34.45 2015
16 Venezuela 34.37 2013
17 Vietnam 34.20 2012
18 Somalia 33.50 2006
19 Honduras 33.25 2014
20 Uganda 33.20 2012
21 Namibia 32.90 1999
22 Pakistan 31.80 2011
23 Tanzania 31.64 2014
24 Thailand 30.30 2005
25 Indonesia 30.00 2010
25 Yemen 30.00 2010
27 Brazil 29.35 2014
28 Mongolia 29.33 2013
29 Colombia 29.19 2014
30 Ethiopia 29.10 2011
31 Syrian Arab Republic 29.00 2006
32 Costa Rica 28.10 2011
33 Albania 27.90 2010
34 Ecuador 26.50 2015
35 Nicaragua 26.23 2012
36 Senegal 24.45 2015
37 Sri Lanka 24.40 2009
37 Timor-Leste 24.40 2007
37 Mali 24.40 2013
40 Kyrgyz Republic 22.81 2014
41 Côte d'Ivoire 22.40 2012
42 Iraq 22.20 2011
43 Romania 22.10 2000
43 Burkina Faso 22.10 2010
45 Philippines 21.90 2011
45 Uruguay 21.90 2009
47 Rwanda 21.80 2014
48 Mauritania 21.76 2011
49 Panama 21.29 2014
50 Cameroon 21.10 2011
51 The Gambia 20.90 2008
52 Benin 20.40 2012
53 Tajikistan 20.30 2005
53 Lesotho 20.30 2000
55 Ghana 20.20 2006
56 Peru 18.97 2015
57 Guinea 18.10 2012
58 Togo 17.35 2014
59 Central African Republic 16.70 2010
60 Azerbaijan 16.40 2005
60 Serbia 16.40 2005
62 Congo 16.20 2012
63 Kazakhstan 15.30 2006
64 Burundi 15.00 2010
65 Angola 14.60 2001
66 Nepal 14.22 2014
67 Mozambique 14.00 2008
68 Tunisia 13.70 2012
69 Afghanistan 13.30 2011
70 Algeria 12.70 2013
71 Chad 12.05 2015
72 Sudan 11.69 2014
73 Chile 11.60 2012
74 Malawi 11.32 2014
75 Dominican Republic 10.75 2014
76 Sierra Leone 10.40 2013
77 Nigeria 10.03 2011
78 Niger 9.40 2012
79 Dem. Rep. Congo 9.18 2014
80 Gabon 8.80 2012
81 Swaziland 8.70 2010
82 Trinidad and Tobago 8.00 2006
83 Haiti 7.50 2012
84 Guinea-Bissau 7.16 2014
85 Georgia 6.40 2006
86 Zambia 4.80 2008
87 Macedonia 3.40 2011
88 Ukraine 1.90 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