Employment and working hours

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Voluntary work in Switzerland 2020

In 2020, 41% of the permanent resident population aged 15 years and older was involved in at least one form of voluntary work for an average of 4.1 hours per week.
The brochure "Voluntary work in Switzerland in 2020" (available in French, German and Italian) presents key data on formal and informal volunteering, as well as information on the motivations and recruitment potential of volunteers.

Available in French, Italian and German

Evolution of working hours from 2010 to 2020

In Switzerland, annual working hours per employed person decreased by 3.9% between 2010 and 2019. This reduction is due to the growth of part-time work and holidays, an increase in certain types of absences as well as a decrease in overtime. Between 2019 and 2020, working hours in Switzerland fell by 3.4% as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Available in French and German

People aged 50 or over in the labour market in 2020

People aged 50 or over in the labour market in 2020

Employment characteristics of the population aged 50 or over: share of 50 year-olds or over in the total economically active population, activity rate, unemployment rate, working conditions, wage conditions, extension of employment beyond retirement age, and transition to retirement.

Available in French and German

Labour market indicators

Labour market indicators for 2021

Labour market indicators for 2021. Comments on findings for the period 2015-2021

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Economically active population, labour market participation

Labour market status, persons in employment, labour market participation rate, occupational mobility, labour market dynamics: entries and departures, migrations, foreign labour force, cross-border commuters, future trends in the economically active population (scenarios), economically active persons by canton, district, town

Labour force characteristics

Full-time and part-time, multiple employment (several jobs), occupation, occupational position, economic sector, educational level

Working hours, absences and holidays

Actual hours worked, contractual working hours of employees, usual working hours, overtime, absences,holidays

Working conditions, quality of employment

Employment contracts (length, agency, internship), years of service, work schedule (night, weekend, on call), place of work, teleworking, quality of employment, Internet-mediated platform services

Age, generations, retirement, health and work

Average age of economically active population, young people in the labour market, employment and retirement, generations in the labour market health and work

Balancing work and family, unpaid work

Balancing work and family, domestic and family work, voluntary work, household production satellite account


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