Actual hours worked

The actual hours worked correspond to the true number of hours actually worked in the scope of employment. In contrast to normal hours of work, they include overtime but do not include absences.

At macroeconomic level, the actual volume of work is given in million hours worked by all employed persons in Switzerland. It thus serves as a basis for calculating the productivity per hour worked. At microeconomic level, the actual number of annual and weekly hours worked is given in hours per job.

Key figures, 2021

Annual volume of hours worked, in millions of hours
  Total employed persons
  Normal annual volume of hours worked1) 8 329
Annual volume of hours of absences  682
+ Annual volume of hours of overtime  151
= Annual volume of actual hours worked 7 798
Annual working hours, in hours per job
  Total employed persons Full-time employees2)
  Normal annual working hours1) 1 533 1 950
Annual hours of absences  125  152
+ Annual hours of overtime  28  33
= Actual annual hours worked 1 435 1 831
Weekly working hours, in hours per job
  Total employed persons Full-time employees2)
  Normal weekly working hours1)  32.7  41.8
Weekly hours of absences  2.7 3.3
+ Weekly hours of overtime 0.6  0.7
= Actual weekly hours worked  30.6
1) Normal working hours represent the contractual hours of employees and, in the case of the self-employed, the usual working hours.
2) Full-time employees refers to employees who work at 100%. Employees who own their business and apprentices are excluded.
Source: FSO – Work Volume Statistics (WV)

In 2021, the total number of hours worked in Switzerland was 7.798 billion (7.608 billion in 2020). By dividing this volume by the total number of jobs, an average of 1435 hours per year and per job is obtained, corresponding to a working week of 30 hours and 38 minutes. If only full-time employees are taken into account, the annual hours worked are 1831 and the weekly hours 39 and 16 minutes.

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