Domestic work is very important: It allows a family to resolve household chores, as well as child care and care for older adults, while people responsible for that household can engage in their own occupations.

International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189 promotes decent work in domestic service.

On 26 November 2018, Peru deposited with the ILO its instrument of ratification of the Workers and Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). This brings the total number of ratifications of Convention No. 189 to 27.

Convention No. 189 went into effect in Peru on 26 November 2019. For more information, please visit the ILO website on domestic workers.

On October 01, 2020, in the official newspaper El Peruano, Law 31047 – Domestic Workers Act was enacted.

The purpose of the Act is to regulate the employment relationship of people who do domestic work and are called domestic workers.

Additionally, the above-mentioned standard provides for new benefits, such as minimum wage, CTS, minimum age for work, gratuities, protection against arbitrary dismissal, and collective rights, among others.

What does decent work mean in domestic service? A job in which the same labor rights as other workers are recognized and respected, and where workers receive fair treatment. This work also must be done only by those who are of the legal minimum age to do so.

That is, children should not work in domestic service, which is often concealed through pharses like “madrinazgo”, or “help” for relatives, or saying “I treat him like my family.”

In most cases, domestic service occurs under conditions of discrimination, exploitation and other abuse, especially in the case of children and adolescents who are more vulnerable and defenseless.


The following has been achieved in recent years:

You can find the law at this link: