In Corona Year 2020, more than a third work from home

Over a third of employees worked from home at least some of the time in 2020 as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. Peaks occurred in the second and fourth quarters. Who sat in the home office depended heavily on the industry. The Information and Communication industry worked from home the most.

There, 76.3 percent of employees sat in a home office for the entire year, according to the Federal Statistical Office FSO on Monday. Its survey is based on data from the 2019 and 2020 Swiss Labour Force Surveys (Sake).

In second place for working at home in 2020 was the finance and insurance sector with 61.4 percent of work done at home. The education and training, professional and scientific and technical services sectors also had more than 50 percent of employees working at home at least some of the time.

Overall, 34.1 percent of employees telecommuted all or part of the time last year. In 2019, the figure was only 24.6 percent.

High working autonomy

Overall, 73.9 percent of Swiss employees recorded their working hours in 2019. The European average was only 58.1 percent. In addition, the automatic recording of working hours was twice as widespread in the EU (32.8 percent) as in Switzerland (13.4 percent). On the other hand, three times more employees in Switzerland recorded their hours manually than in the EU (53.1 compared to 15.8 percent).

In 2019, fewer employees in Switzerland (49.2 percent) had to adhere to fixed working hours than in the EU (60.1 percent). 36.8 percent of employees were able to work with restrictions and the remaining 14 percent were free to work their own hours.

60.4 percent of working people in Switzerland had a high degree of work autonomy. On the other hand, 13.5 percent had little or no influence on the content and sequence of their tasks. In Europe as a whole, 50.6 percent of employees had a high degree of work autonomy. Highest values were found in Iceland (76.4 per cent), Portugal (75.5) and Luxembourg (73.3). In Cyprus and Slovakia the figures were only 19.8 and 23.2 per cent respectively.

One in twenty on call

In 2020, 5.5 per cent of employees in Switzerland worked on call. This has hardly changed since 2010. 45.8 percent of them were guaranteed a minimum number of working hours by their employer. On-call work is particularly widespread among people of retirement age (25 per cent) and 15-24 year olds (9.8 per cent).

In 2020, there was regular Saturday work for 18.2 percent of the employed in Switzerland and Sunday work for 9.3 percent. Compared to 2010, this is a decrease. Women worked more often on weekends than men. (SDA)

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