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, 2022

Annual volume of hours worked, in millions of hours
  Total employed persons
  Normal annual volume of hours worked1) 8 315
Annual volume of hours of absences  529
+ Annual volume of hours of overtime  136
= Annual volume of actual hours worked 7 922
Annual working hours, in hours per job
  Total employed persons Full-time employees2)
  Normal annual working hours1) 1 503 1 909
Annual hours of absences  96  110
+ Annual hours of overtime  25  30
= Actual annual hours worked 1 432 1 829
Weekly working hours, in hours per job
  Total employed persons Full-time employees2)
  Normal weekly working hours1)  32.5  41.7
Weekly hours of absences  2.1 2.4
+ Weekly hours of overtime 0.5  0.7
= Actual weekly hours worked  31.0
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 2022, the total number of hours worked in Switzerland was 7.922 billion (7.819 billion in 2021). By dividing this volume by the total number of jobs, an average of 1432 hours per year and per job is obtained, corresponding to a working week of 30 hours and 58 minutes. If only full-time employees are taken into account, the annual hours worked are 1829 and the weekly hours 39 and 59 minutes.

Further information


Press Releases

Statistical sources and concepts


Federal Statistical Office Section Labour Force
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
+41 58 463 64 00

Monday to Friday
9.00–11.30 and 14.00–16.00



Our English pages offer only a limited range of information on our statistical production. For our full range please consult our pages in French and German (top right hand screen).