Poverty rate of employed persons

This indicator provides information on the share of the population that is affected by poverty despite being in work. It therefore reflects the issue of the working poor.

From an integration perspective, a reduction in the poverty rate of employed persons indicates an improved situation.


Employed person: anyone who was employed or self-employed for more than half of the reference period, is considered as an employed person.

Poor household: any household whose disposable income falls below the poverty line is considered poor (see indications on poverty rate).

Poverty line: is calculated based on the standards of the Swiss Conference for Social Welfare (SKOS), commonly used to gauge entitlement to social welfare in Switzerland. It consists of a lump sum for maintenance, individual accommodation costs as well as CHF 100 per month and per person from the age of 16 for other costs.


The poverty rate of employed persons corresponds to the percentage of employed persons aged 18 or over who live in a poor household.

For households comprised of several adults with a different migration status, the same value is entered for persons with a migration background and for those without.

Following changes to the survey framework and improvements in the weighting model, results from 2014 onwards can no longer be directly compared with those from previous years (series break). See the document below for further details.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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