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Swiss working week amongst the highest in Europe

National News // By Tay Kinnear // May 24, 2019

Swiss workers have a longer working week compared with other countries in the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, according to the Federal Statistics Office. 

Pixabay Swiss working week amongst the highest in Europe

Switzerland is top of the table, along with Iceland, for the number of hours full-time employees work, which stands at 42 hours and 30 minutes per week. German workers put in 39 hours and 54 minutes a week with France at the bottom of the table with, on average, people working 37 hours and 36 minutes a week.

The study also looked at the average working hours for all employed people, both full-time and part-time, and showed that Switzerland is amongst the countries with the lowest weekly working hours, behind France and ahead of Germany. The Federal Statistics Office attributes this ranking to the fact that there is a high proportion of part-time employees in the Swiss workforce.


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