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, 2019

Annual volume of hours worked, in millions of hours
  Total employed persons
  Normal annual volume of hours worked 8 075
Annual volume of hours of absences  324
+ Annual volume of hours of overtime  178
= Annual volume of actual hours worked 7 929
Annual working hours, in millions of hours
  Total employed persons Full-time employees1)
  Normal annual working hours 1 478 1 890
Annual hours of absences  59  76
+ Annual hours of overtime  33  38
= Actual annual hours worked 1 451 1 853
Weekly working hours, in millions of hours
  Total employed persons Full-time employees1)
  Normal weekly working hours  32.4    41.9 
Weekly hours of absences  1.3   1.7 
+ Weekly hours of overtime  0.7   0.8  
= Actual weekly hours worked  31.8
1) 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 2019, the total number of hours worked in Switzerland was 7.929 billion. By dividing this volume by the total number of jobs, an average of 1451 hours per year and per job is obtained, corresponding to a working week of 31 hours and 49 minutes. If only full-time employees are taken into account, the annual hours worked are 1853 and the weekly hours 41 and 2 minutes.

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