European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

Accueil > Topics > Health & Safety - working conditions > News list > Switzerland: deterioration in working conditions over the...

News list

21 June 2017

Switzerland: deterioration in working conditions over the past 10 years

An overall increase in most sources of physical stress at work such as loud noise, vibrations, painful positions and repetitive movements was observed in Switzerland between 2005 and 2015, setting the country at odds with the rest of Europe, where work-related physical risks remained at a constant level.

This is the main take-away from the report (presented on 22 May 2017) on the Swiss cohort of the European Working Conditions Survey, which was carried out in 2015 in 35 European countries.

The health problems experienced most frequently by workers in Switzerland include backache (over 35% of employees), headaches and eye strain (33.7%), and muscular pains in the shoulders, neck and/or upper limbs (31.8%).

The number of employees whose main job involves tiring or painful positions has increased over the past 10 years, as is also the case for repetitive hand or arm movements.

One quarter of employees in Switzerland experience stress at work most of the time or always, one third feel exhausted at the end of the working day and 9% wake up the next day with a feeling of exhaustion and fatigue.

Yet even though the level of physical stress experienced by Swiss employees has increased, their overall level of satisfaction with working conditions from a health perspective is higher than in other countries in Europe, with 89% stating that their health in general is good or very good (compared to 80% in the rest of Europe). The proportion of employees stating that their work affects their health negatively is relatively low (15% compared to 27% across the rest of Europe).

Sources: ATS, ssp-vpod

All news