Women represent approximately 70% of all teaching staff. The percentage of women, however, varies greatly depending on the level of education: Whereas women are clearly overrepresented at primary level, from upper secondary level onwards they are under-represented.
|In people||Total||Women %||Foreigners %|
|Primary level 1-22||19'700||94.5||4.4|
|Primary level 3-8||54'777||83.3||5.7|
|Lower secondary level||35'091||56.2||9.2|
|Upper secondary level, general education courses3||12'875||49.0||8.9|
|Upper secondary level, vocational education and training (VET)||17'415||43.2||7.4|
|Tertiary level, colleges of higher education||2'838||40.0||12.1|
2) Primary level 1-2: two years of kindergarten or the first two years of the first learning cycle
3) Including transitional education lower and upper secondary, preparation for vocational baccalaureate and complement education in upper secondary
Source : FSO - School staff statistics (SSP)
Updated: March 2023
The school staff statistics (SSP) covers school staff in state and private schools from compulsory education to the colleges of higher education; universities are excluded. The data consists of the personnel statistics recorded by the 26 cantons.