Economic activity of mothers and fathers

Most of fathers and a minority of mothers with children aged under 25 are employed full-time; on the other hand, the majority of mothers but only a minority of fathers are employed part-time. The age of the youngest child and the family situation have a strong influence on the employment situation of the mother. Mothers with a partner and the youngest child under 13 are less likely to be employed than when the youngest child is aged between 13 and 24; but they are also more likely to be employed than lone mothers with child(ren) in the household. Lone mothers are not only more likely to be employed than mothers with a partner, but they also to have a higher work-time percentage.

Since 2010, the share of mothers who are economically inactive has fallen. The share of mothers working part-time has risen for the higher work-time percentages. Today, a smaller proportion of fathers work full-time than in 2010 and the proportion of fathers in part-time employment has slightly increased.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



Our English pages offer only a limited range of information on our statistical production. For our full range please consult our pages in French and German (top right hand screen).