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Please add Geni profiles with a known occupation of "domestic worker" to this project. Note that "Servant" redirects to "domestic worker" on Wikipedia.

from Wikipedia

A domestic worker is a person who works within the employer's household. Domestic workers perform a variety of household services for an individual or a family, from providing care for children and elderly dependents to housekeeping, including cleaning and household maintenance. Other responsibilities may include cooking, laundry and ironing, shopping for food and undertaking other household errands. Such work has always needed to be done but before the Industrial Revolution and the advent of labour saving devices, it was physically much harder.

from "Who are domestic workers ?"

Globally, one in every 13 female wage earners are employed in domestic work.

Domestic workers comprise a significant part of the global workforce in informal employment and are among the most vulnerable groups of workers. They work for private households, often without clear terms of employment, unregistered in any book, and excluded from the scope of labour legislation. Currently there are at least 53 million domestic workers worldwide, not including child domestic workers and this number is increasing steadily in developed and developing countries. Even though a substantial number of men work in the sector – often as gardeners, drivers or butlers – it remains a highly feminized sector: 83 per cent of all domestic workers are women.

Examples of Domestic Workers

from New York State Worker's Compensation Board:

Domestic workers can perform a variety of household services for an individual or a family. The following list provides several examples of domestic workers. It is important to note that domestics must be providing household services. Employees working out of a home office would not be considered a domestic simply because they work in your home.

  • Maids
  • Cooks
  • Housekeepers
  • Laundry Workers
  • Butlers
  • Companions
  • Gardeners
  • Chauffeurs
  • Nannies
  • Home Health Aides
  • Au Pairs
  • Nurses
  • Baby-sitters

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