Part-time work

Considerably more women than men have a part-time job. Consequently, part-time work is a typical characteristic of women's working life. A part-time job often entails precarious working conditions, insufficient social security coverage (e.g. pension fund) and fewer opportunities for further education and training and career advancement. On the other hand, part-time work does provide the opportunity to pursue other activities, such as caring for one's children, helping other people and doing housework.

Between 1991 and 2010, for two decades, part-time work increased among women and men. Since that time, women’s part-time work has stabilised and that of men has continued to rise.

Further information




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



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