Employment and working hours

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In focus

Women's labour market participation 2010–2019

Women's labour market participation 2010–2019

The publication describes female labour market participation and the characteristics of women in employment as well as the scale of change between 2010 and 2019. Some results are compared at European level.

Available in French and German

Balancing of work and family 2018

Balancing of work and family 2018

The publication ana­ly­ses the effects of care responsibilities for children or adult family members on employment of caregivers. Comparisons between Switzer­land and the EU28/EFTA countries complete the picture.

Available in French and German

SLFS in Brief

SLFS 2019 in Brief

The SLFS in Brief informs a wide audience of the main indicators of the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS). The brochure provides information on the Swiss labour market with international comparisons (Labour force participation, unemployment and underemployment, retirement and working life).

Labour market indicators

Labour market indicators for 2020

Labour market indicators for 2020. Comments on findings for the period 2014-2020

At a glance

Employment and working hours

According to economic theory, individuals or households supply their services to the labour market (labour supply) and businesses demand such services (labour demand). The labour supply (economically active persons) comprises employed persons and unemployed persons; labour demand is comprised of jobs (filled jobs) and vacant posts.

The indicators presented here are intended to provide an overview of the population's participation in the labour market (economically active population, employed persons and working hours). Jobs and vacant posts are dealt with in topic 6 "Industry and services".

Before looking at our employment indicators, we suggest a brief glance at certain key concepts:

Further information


Press releases

Statistical sources and concepts

On this topic

Economically active persons

Economic activity rate, Labour market status, Average age, Educational level, Economically active population scenarios, Dynamics of the economically active population, Economically active persons by canton

Employed persons

Trend, Full-time and part-time, Occupation, Working conditions, Occupational mobility, Swiss and foreign nationals, Cross-border commuters, Employment and retirement, Balancing work and family, Health and work


Indicators on jobs and businesses

Working time

Actual hours worked, Normal hours of work, Overtime, Absences, Holiday leave


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