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Domestic Workers Sector Skill Council (DWSSC) is a Section 8 Not for Profit Company registered under the Companies Act, 2013 working under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). DWSSC is an apex body complementing the Govt. of India’s efforts for skilling 400 million workforce and is on a mission to create sustainable livelihood for one of the largest growing informal sectors of work and provide them with dignity of labour for their contribution to their own families, households they support and to the GDP.
DWSSC is a key voice for the Domestic Workers sector in terms of policy, identifying critical roles and associated skill gaps. The council works towards capacity building by bridging skill gaps and upgrading skills of the domestic workers including caregivers, gig/platform workers, wage workers and self-employed as per industry standards. DWSSC’s Governing Board is uniquely represented by its Academia, Training Organizations & Industry-Business Leaders.
DWSSC encompasses several critical occupations under the International standards Classification Categories 5, 9 & 13 and the National Industrial Classification which includes Domestic Workers, Cleaners & Helpers in Small Establishments, Home Cooks , Launderers , Child and Elderly Care ( Non Clinical ) ; who are either self-employed or employed either exclusively by one employer or multiple employers in households or establishments as in a gig economy.
It’s one of the largest growing informal sectors of work which had never been addressed before and with an estimation of over 40 million workforces (90% being women). It’s also estimated that approximately 10 million domestic workers migrate to foreign countries. As per some estimates, the 40 million domestic workers are earning approximately 20,000 Cr which is 1% of India’s GDP ( the occupations include cooking, cleaning, taking care of children, elderly and the disabled, launder, attending to the garden or pets, or drive the family car).
A uniquely positioned sector crosscutting between informality, migrant labor and women workforce. As majority of domestic workers hail from economically backward sections of the society, illiterate or marginally educated, school dropouts, unskilled or poorly skilled. This sector is uniquely positioned to provide the easiest transformation of a huge potential workforce to bridge from school to work. It offers a vertical and horizontal progression in terms of career and growth prospects imparting it an aspirational touch and beckoning school pass outs and diploma holders to enter the domains of caregiving.