Overtime corresponds to paid or non-paid hours

  • performed in addition to normal working hours and
  • which are not compensated for by leave or subsequent reductions in working time as part of flexible working time.

The overtime rate of full-time employees, i.e. the annual hours of overtime as a percentage of annual working hours as per contract, varies depending on the economic sector: in 2017, the highest rate was observed in the “financial and insurance activities” sector, whereas the lowest was in the “agriculture and forestry” sector.

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Federal Statistical Office Section Labour Force
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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