Gender equality

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Economic activity rate of women

Considerably more women are nowadays involved in working life: during the almost 30 years from 1991 to 2019, the economic activity rate of 25 to 39 year old women rose from 72% to 88%, that of 55 to 64 year old women even from 44% to 69%.

Gleichstellung von Frau und Mann

Explained and unexplained gender pay gap

According to the analyses, based on the mean, the unexplained share in the gender pay gap for 2016 was 42.9% in the private sector and 34.8% in the public sector. In 2012, the corresponding shares were 40.9% and 38.8%.

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Legislature indicators: Guiding principle 7 - Equality

Introduction in English and Indicators available in German, French and Italian  


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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