New Rights, Old Social Protections: The New Regulation for Domestic Workers in Argentina

Domestic work in Argentina constitutes a significant portion of female work, namely, 17% of all working women and 23% of wage-earners. In most cases, domestic workers are over 40 years old (56.6%) with 33.4% between 25 and 39 years old (Pereyra, 2012: 182). These workers have received deficient educations: 80% have not completed high school studies (MTEySS, 2006). Most of them are Argentinean, 31% have migrated from the provinces to the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, but 14% are migrants from other countries. Though 35% are secondary workers, 39% are heads of households (Álvarez & Beccaria, 2013), so the household's income depends on their insertion in the labor market.