Mother is happier when father works more. Things don’t look as rosy the other way around: fathers don’t like it when mothers work more than they do. This is the conclusion of a recent study by Swiss Life. But why is that? Is part-time employment for men still a taboo? We wanted to find out.
Switzerland is a part-time nation. The secret has been out for some time. According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, in 62% of families in Switzerland at least one parent works at a reduced level of employment. But how does that break down depending on gender?
A recent study by Swiss Life finds that part-time employment is still largely a woman’s affair. Around 80% of fathers work full time. They are simply happier when they can work 100% and work more than their wives. Is that an indication of their continuing to cleave to old role models?
We went out to ask men in a wide range of employment models about the issue of part-time work. How do they find part-time employment? Is a reduced level of employment for men a taboo?
Is part-time employment still a taboo among men?
The most intriguing answers to our street survey:
Would you like to work part time as well? Find out quickly and easily what impact the reduced hours would have on your budget and on childcare.
Families in the part-time model
Working part time is popular here in Switzerland: more than a third of Swiss employees have consciously chosen not to work full time – mostly because they want to spend time raising their children, taking care of family obligations or pursuing education and training.
What needs to be borne in mind?
It isn’t impossible to put by money even while working part time. Making private and occupational provisions allows you to save on tax: for a self-determined financial future.