Em­ploy­ee sta­tis­tics

11 May 2021

In 2020, the Swiss private insurers employed some 47,000 people in Switzerland, according to the latest employee statistics. The corresponding data are gathered by the SIA at the end of the year.

At the moment, some 2,100 people are being apprenticed or trained by the Swiss insurance industry. Women occupy some 34 percent of all management positions. One in four employees works part-time, and one in three is active as a customer consultant.
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 47,015 people in Switzerland, 56 percent of whom are male, while 44 percent are female. As compared to the previous year, the number of employees increased by 2,3 percent.


The Swiss private insurance industry counts 35,646 FTEs, or 76% of all employees.

Part-time employment

Some 24% of the employees in the Swiss private insurance industry work part-time, with 8,440 (or some 76 percent) women holding part-time jobs as opposed to 2,708 (some 24 percent) men.

Trainees and apprentices

The Swiss private insurers employ 2,125 apprentices and trainees. This is equivalent to 4% of all insurance employees.

Upper management

The Swiss private insurance industry counts 3,169 members of upper management with women being increasingly represented in these upper echelons (currently, 22% of all managers are female, as opposed to 20% in the year before).

Management (all levels)

The Swiss private insurance industry numbers 13,682 managers or some 30% of all employees. Women hold some 34% of all managerial positions.

Customer consultants

14,950 customer consultants work in the Swiss private insurance industry, some 30% of whom are female.


In 2020, 16.7% of employees in Swiss private insurance industry had a foreign nationality. Their share has sunk by 0.8% compared to the previous year. The vast majority of foreign employees come from the EU/EFTA region.

Employee statistics 2020 (in German)