Place of work, teleworking

Information concerning the 2021 data: 

In 2021, the SLFS survey changed from being a survey conducted purely by telephone to a multi-mode survey (via internet and telephone) with priority given to the internet survey. In addition, the 2021 questionnaire was modified to comply with the new Eurostat regulations, also in force from January 2021. Following the revision of the SLFS, production of this indicator is altered. Results should be published in spring 2023.

The clear majority of employed persons usually work at a set place of work outside their private dwelling. In 2020, this concerned 79.7% of employees (excluding apprentices). Furthermore, 6.0% of employed persons work in a private dwelling and 14.1% on the go or alternating work locations. Men work on the go or in alternating work locations almost three times as often as women (20.2% compared with 7.2%). In turn, women carry out their work somewhat more often in the private dwelling (6.9% compared with 5.1%). However, working in the private dwelling is much more common among employed persons aged 65 or over (25.6%). Among 15-24 year olds, the share is only 3.2% and this rises to 7.3% among 55-64 year olds.

With regard to the private dwelling as the main place of work, this indicator takes into account all forms of home-based work, whether telework (exchange of data via the internet with the employer or client) or not. Further information on teleworking can be found under the heading "Information society": Teleworking available in French and German.

Place of work and COVID-19: The place of work surveyed refers in principle to the normal situation, i.e. without the corona pandemic (COVID-19). However, it is possible that certain people have indicated their place of work in connection with the protective measures against COVID-19. The time series may therefore be distorted between 2019 and 2020.

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You can find the telecommuting indicators in french or in german under the “information society” heading.


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