Abstract In this paper, we consider a semiparametric partially linear regression model where there are missing data in the response. We propose robust Fisher-consistent estimators for the regression parameter, for the regression function and for the marginal location parameter of the response variable. A robust cross-validation method is briefly discussed, although, from our numerical results, the marginal estimators seem not to be sensitive to the bandwidth parameter. Finally, a Monte Carlo study is carried out to compare the performance of the robust proposed estimators among themselves and also with the classical ones, for normal and contaminated samples, under different missing data models. An example based on a real data set is also discussed.