Full-time and part-time

Part-time work

Part-time work (a work-time percentage below 90%) has increased significantly over the past thirty years in Switzerland, from a quarter of employed persons in the early 1990s to more than a third today.

It mainly concerns women who in 2020 accounted for 73.9% of part-time employees (1 296 million compared with 459 000 men). This form of labour is three times more common among women (59.1%) than among men (18.3%). Childcare and other family responsibilities are the main reasons cited for part-time employment.


In 2016, 3.7% of employees and 9.8% of part-time employees did a job-share. Job-shares are particularly widespread among the following sociodemographic groups: women, parents with a child under the age of 15, part-time employees with a work-time percentage between 20% and 69%, employed persons in the economic section “education” as well as administrative workers or those in intellectual and scientific occupations.

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