In 2017, the Swiss private insurers employed some 47,000 people in Switzerland, according to the latest employee statistics. The corresponding data are gathered every two years 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 five employees works part-time, and one in four is active as a customer consultant. Across the globe, more than 150,000 people work for Swiss insurers.
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 47,054 people in Switzerland, 57 percent of whom are male, while 43 percent are female. As compared to the previous year, the number of employees declined by 1 percent.
The Swiss private insurance industry counts 32,502 FTEs, or 80% of all employees.
20% of the employees in the Swiss private insurance industry work part-time, with 6,904 (or 78 percent) women holding part-time jobs as opposed to 1,980 (22 percent) men.
Trainees and apprentices
The Swiss private insurers employ 2,065 apprentices and trainees. This is equivalent to 4% of all insurance employees.
The Swiss private insurance industry counts 3,089 members of upper management with women being increasingly represented in these upper echelons (currently, 19% of all managers are female, as opposed to 18.1% in the year before).
Management (all levels)
The Swiss private insurance industry numbers 12,113 managers or 26% of all employees. Women hold 34% of all managerial positions.
13,488 customer consultants work in the Swiss private insurance industry, 29.9% of whom are female.
All over the world, 150,000 people work for Swiss private insurers, 101,480 abroad and 47,054 in Switzerland.