Balancing work and family and unpaid work

In focus

Household production satellite account 2020

Household production satellite account 2020

The household production satellite account (SHHP) compares the notional, monetary value of unpaid work with Switzerland's total gross value added, thus demonstrating its importance in the national economy. In 2020, the gross value added of private households accounted for 41.4% of the total economy extended to include household production. This is shown in the latest SHHP figures.

Voluntary work in Switzerland 2020

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.

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At a glance

The division of tasks between men and women is one of the aspects considered in the context of balancing work and family. In 2020, the total time spent on paid and unpaid work was practically the same for women and men aged 15 to 64, at 52.7 and 51.8 hours per week respectively. However, on average, women spent more time on unpaid work (60.6% of the total time load) than men (40.1%). Unpaid work includes both voluntary work and the domestic and family workload, with the latter accounting for the largest share (94.8% for women, 93.6% for men).

When compared with 2010, men aged 15-64 spent more time on unpaid work (+2.9 hours per week) and less on paid work (-2.5 hours per week). In 2020, women in the same age group invested around 1 hour more per week in both unpaid and paid work than they did in 2010.

In households with children under the age of 15, the total time load of both sexes was considerably greater, for both lone parents and couple households. For women in couple households it was 20 hours more, for men in the same family situation around 16 hours more. This mainly concerns additional time that is invested in the domestic and family workload.

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Balancing work and family

Population with care-related tasks

Domestic and family workload

Time spent on domestic and family workload

Voluntary work

Population’s participation in voluntary work

Household production satellite account

Economic value of unpaid work


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