Domestic Workers in the Gulf
of all Kuwaiti households employ a foreign domestic worker. Over 620,000 migrant domestic workers in Kuwait, accounting for over 21.9% of the country's total employment.
Domestic workers account for 10.2% of the total Bahraini work force and 36.6% of the total female workforce.
99.6% & 94.8%
of all domestic workers and personal assistants in Saudi Arabia and the UAE are migrant workers.
Domestic Workers in Saudi work an average of 63.7 hours per week, the second highest rate in the world.
Domestic Workers Work in the UAE. 96% of Emirati families employ domestic workers to take care of their children.
Domestic workers in Kuwait earn less than 20% of the average national wage. Domestic workers earn less than 30% of the average workers wage in Qatar.
housemaids have required rescue by the Kuwait's Nepali embassy since 2010.
Though laws regulating domestic labor in GCC countries vary, domestic workers generally lack basic labor rights because protective legislation either does not exist or is not enforced. With the partial exception of Bahrain, domestic workers are excluded from national labor laws and consequently from regulations relating to maximum working hours, safety conditions, mandatory break periods, and other minimum standards. Because most domestic workers live with their employers and because their residency status is tied to their employment, workers’ mobility and access to redress mechanisms is also circumscribed.