Working hours, absences and holidays

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Hours worked

The total number of hours worked in Switzerland reached 7.798 billion in 2021, representing an increase of 2.5% compared with the previous year. The pre-pandemic level has not yet been regained, however.

Evolution of working hours from 2010 to 2020

In Switzerland, annual working hours per employed person decreased by 3.9% between 2010 and 2019. This reduction is due to the growth of part-time work and holidays, an increase in certain types of absences as well as a decrease in overtime. Between 2019 and 2020, working hours in Switzerland fell by 3.4% as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.
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Working time indicators provide macroeconomic data on the annual volume of actual hours worked for the entire Swiss economy and thus offer a basis for calculating productivity per hour worked. They also provide detailed data on the components of actual hours worked per job (contractual or usual hours, absences and overtime) as well as the number of weeks of holidays. Additionally, the FSO uses the concept of normal hours of work when aggregating the contractual hours of salaried employees and the usual hours of self-employed persons.

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Federal Statistical Office Section Labour Force
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland
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+41 58 463 64 00

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