People & Organization

Part-Time Work - A Relic

Pia Tischhauser Daniel Kessler Julia Senser Benedikt Hess

Switzerland has a lot of catching up to do. Our part-time models are outdated or nonexistent, and women and men alike suffer from the rigid frameworks set by our companies and the expectations of our managers and colleagues. In Switzerland today, an estimated 50,000 females with an university degree stay home. Most of these women, who hold a univ ersity or college degree, or have completed some other higher professional education, become full-time housewives after the birth of a child. This is a highly unsatisfactory situation, preventing the

Swiss economy and society from benefitting from the knowledge, expertise, and commitment of these highly qualified women. Additionally, the funds invested by the government in their training, approximately CHF 5.75 billion, no longer flow back into the economy.

With the debate around the restriction of immigration by foreign workers, this topic is now receiving new momentum. Domestic companies will in future be able to recruit fewer foreign skilled workers. The shortage of skilled workers that companies have been bemoaning for years will further intensify. The mobilization of currently unemployed yet highly educated women will play a key role here.

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