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Domestic Workers In Nigeria Earn About N19,500 Monthly – Report

Domestic Workers In Nigeria Earn About N19,500 monthly - Report

A new report by SweepSouth Connect, an online platform that connects people with reliable and vetted service professionals, has revealed that domestic workers in Nigeria earn an average of N19,500 every month.

Ahead of the launch in Nigeria this month, SweepSouth included Nigeria in its Annual Report on Pay and Working Conditions for Domestic Workers for the first time this year.

The report’s results underscored the need for a platform that is focused on changing the attitude associated with home service professionals, shining a light on the huge value they contribute, especially as the economy recovers from the pandemic.

SweepSouth was first founded seven years ago in South Africa and expanded to Kenya at the beginning of last year.

SweepSouth CEO and Co-founder, Aisha Pandor, said, “The impact of COVID-19 on the livelihoods of domestic workers has been significant, with the report’s findings showing that in Nigeria about two in five domestic workers lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

“We are hopeful and excited that our entry into the Nigerian market will have a positive impact on the lives of domestic workers in the country.”

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The report also paints a picture of the average domestic worker’s reality, stating that 48 percent of domestic workers in Nigeria are single parents, with 65 percent of them being the main breadwinners in the household.

It further revealed that 73 percent of Nigerian domestic workers are in debt, with about 25 percent feeling hopeless about when they will be able to pay back their debt.

On the work front, Nigerian domestic workers showed an even split between cleaning, cooking, and childcare – with one in two reporting one of these additional responsibilities as part of their primary role.

The report also disclosed that the median earnings per month for a domestic worker in Nigeria is N19,500 and that domestic workers in Nigeria are excluded from the National Minimum Wage Act.

SweepSouth Connect has partnered with one of the best cleaning agencies in the region and will be introducing its services to two cities in Nigeria: Lagos and Abuja.

The target areas earmarked in Lagos for access to SweepSouth Connect offerings are Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki, Maryland, Ikeja, Surulere and Yaba.

In Abuja, residents in Apo, Wuse, Wuse 2, Central Business District, Maitama, Garki, Asokoro, Gwarimpa and Kubwa will have access to the services. 

SweepSouth Connect will offer a range of on-demand services in Nigeria including cleaning of the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and other common areas in the home.

“SweepSouth Connect is introducing a unique approach to on-demand services that is driven by passion, technology and continually learning from useful data. We are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of domestic workers, trusted services providers and the cleaning industry in Nigeria,” Pandor said.

About Author

Ife Ogunfuwa is an award-winning reporter who is versed in reporting business and economy, technology, gadgets reviews, telecoms, tax, and business policy review, among others. She loves telling stories behind the numbers. She has professional certifications in business and financial reporting. You can reach her via – [email protected]

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