Macau: Care Policy Evaluation 2021

Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Macau’s economy is dominated by the service sector – in particular, the casino industry. This nature of the Macanese economy led to Macau being one of the richest countries in the world, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Macau’s economy is heavily dependent upon migrant labor, and a significant fraction of Macau’s workforce consists of migrant domestic workers. In Macau, domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage, a safe working environment, and daily periods of rest. In addition, Macau further regulates how private employment agencies may recruit migrant domestic workers.

While Macau performs fairly well on Sub-Index B, significant oversights in its policies for family caregivers lead to a weaker performance in Sub-Index A. Macau’s provisions for paid maternity leave are well below the ILO recommended duration of 18 weeks. Macau also lacks legislation that guarantee working women time to nurse or pump milk during working hours.

Overall, Macau earned a score of 6.08/10.00 on the Global Care Policy Index, placing Macau in the “Maturing Protections” index band. You can find Macau country report and technical report here.

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