More than 50 percent of hotel housekeepers earn above the minimum wage in India, a new study has found.
The research, by the Indian Statistical Institute, found that only 15 percent of India’s domestic staff make at least the minimum salary of Rs 5.30 per hour.
This is compared to the international average of 32 percent, and it is significantly higher than the global average of 26 percent.
The study also found that of the 2,000 domestic housekeepers working in India last year, only 6.7 percent earned above the median wage, while an additional 1.6 percent earned less than the minimum.
According to the study, the average wage in the country stands at Rs 2,200 per month, with a higher share of domestic employees earning between Rs 1,700 and Rs 2.75 per month.
The study said that while India’s total domestic workforce of 3.5 million is about 10 percent of the world’s workforce, the number of domestic workers is growing at a much slower rate.
This has led to the number to rise to around 3.9 million people, the study said.
The top 10 domestic workers earning above the average hourly wage were:Carpenter and fabricatorScheduler and supervisorFood preparation and cookingHair braider and hair stylistHair dresserand hair stylistsSterling and silverware cutterBreadcrumb sellerFood processingAndaman and Nicobar Islands’ tourism minister and former chief minister of KeralaRajdeep SardesaiRajesh SrivastavaBajaj, who has been the country’s minister of state for tourism and culture since June, has been pushing for a shift in the Indian labour market.
He has called for more jobs to be created in sectors such as hospitality and retail, saying that India is becoming a low-wage country.
According, a survey by the Institute of Labour Management last year said that the country had the highest number of temporary foreign workers in the world, and that there were more than 10 million of them.