Employment and working hours

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Cross-border commuters in Switzerland

Cross-border commuters in Switzerland

At the end of 2020, some 343'000 cross-border commuters were working in Switzerland. This was twice as many as 25 years ago. The publication "Cross-border commuters in Switzerland 1996-2020" (available in German or French) shows the development and characteristics of foreign cross-border commuters in Switzerland from 1996.

Available in French and German

Unpaid work

Unpaid work 2020

The latest data from the unpaid work module of the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS) are available. Findings are presented on domestic and family work as well as total time spent on paid and unpaid work in 2020, showing changes since 2010.

SLFS 2020 in Brief

SLFS 2020 in Brief

The SLFS in Brief informs a wide audience of the main indicators of the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS). The brochure provides information on the Swiss labour market with international comparisons (Labour force participation, unemployment and underemployment, retirement and working life).

Labour market indicators

Labour market indicators for 2021

Labour market indicators for 2021. Comments on findings for the period 2015-2021

At a glance

Further information


Press releases

Statistical sources and concepts

On this topic

Economically active population, labour market participation

Labour market status, persons in employment, labour market participation rate, occupational mobility, labour market dynamics: entries and departures, migrations, foreign labour force, cross-border commuters, future trends in the economically active population (scenarios), economically active persons by canton, district, town

Labour force characteristics

Full-time and part-time, multiple employment (several jobs), occupation, occupational position, economic sector, educational level

Working hours, absences and holidays

Actual hours worked, contractual working hours of employees, usual working hours, overtime, absences,holidays

Working conditions, quality of employment

Employment contracts (length, agency, internship), years of service, work schedule (night, weekend, on call), place of work, teleworking, quality of employment, Internet-mediated platform services

Age, generations, retirement, health and work

Average age of economically active population, young people in the labour market, employment and retirement, generations in the labour market health and work

Balancing work and family, unpaid work

Balancing work and family, domestic and family work, voluntary work, household production satellite account


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