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: Professional, scientific and technical activities (3.6%), Financial and insurance activities (3.4%) and Information and communication (2.9%) held the top three places. In 2018, the lowest rates were found in Public administration (1.2%), Transportation and storage (1.2%), Agriculture and forestry (1.3%) and Human health and social work activities (1.3%).

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Federal Statistical Office Section Labour Force
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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



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