Facts & figures18 June 2018

In 2016, the Swiss private insurers employed some 46,000 people in Switzerland, according to the latest employee statistics. The corresponding data are gathered yearly at year-end by the SIA.

At the moment, some 2,000 people are being apprenticed or trained by the Swiss insurance industry. Women occupy over 30% of all higher management and executive positions. One in four employees works part-time, and one in four is active as a customer consultant. Across the globe, more than 118,000 people work for Swiss insurers, an increase of 2,564 as compared to the previous year.

The employee statistics relate to all FINMA-licensed enterprises. Since 2006, they also comprises the health insurance sector including those employees that are active in non-mandatory health insurance.

Employees in Switzerland

The Swiss private insurers employ around 46,425 people in Switzerland, 25,056 of whom are male, while 18,113 are female. As compared to the previous year, the number of employees declined by 1 percent.


The Swiss private insurance industry counts 37,094 FTEs, or 80% of all employees.

Part-time employment

20% of the employees in the Swiss private insurance industry work part-time, with 7,108 women holding part-time jobs as opposed to 1,950 men.

Trainees and apprentices

The Swiss private insurers employ 2,000 apprentices and trainees. This is equivalent to 4% of all insurance employees.

Upper management

The Swiss private insurance industry counts 3,183 members of upper management with women being increasingly represented in these upper echelons (currently, 18.8% of all managers are female, as opposed to 16.9% in the year before).

Management (all levels)

The Swiss private insurance industry numbers 12,933 managers or 27.8% of all employees. Women hold 33.8% of all managerial positions.

Customer consultants

13,832 customer consultants work in the Swiss private insurance industry, 28.6% of whom are female.

Employment world-wide

All over the world, 118,079 people work for Swiss private insurers, 71,654 abroad and 46,425 in Switzerland.

Persons employed in the private insurance industry

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