Swiss pri­vate in­sur­ers em­ploy some 46,000 peo­ple in Switzer­land

Context27 October 2020

All over the world, some 150,000 people work for Swiss private insurers. In Switzerland alone, over 46,000 employees hold attractive and highly qualified jobs in this sector of the economy. Both basic and comprehensive training are of prime importance, with some 2,000 people currently in an apprenticeship.

Insurers identify, assess and analyse risks related to the probability, frequency and extent of future losses. Moreover, they assist insured persons in preventing and managing loss events. To do so, expert knowledge and know-how are required. There are but a few industries that unite as many professions as the insurance sector.

Marketing and sales specialists, pension advisers, economists, mathematicians and IT specialists work in distribution and administration, while risks are being assessed and handled by scientists, medical doctors, construction experts, engineers, geologists, physicists, chemists – to name but a few. They analyse loss events and loss scenarios, monitor and research the latest and future developments and elaborate preventative measures. The knowledge and work of these experts support our societies and economies in assessing chances and risks.

A major employer

The financial sector is a major employer, providing some 220,000 full-time jobs, which represents 5.3 percent of all jobs in Switzerland. The banks provide just under two thirds of the 220,000 full-time jobs, and for a good third
the insurance sector is responsible (private and social insurance, pension funds, etc.).

The market environment and general conditions demand and enable efficiency improvements. Nevertheless, the number of employees in the insurance industry has remained roughly the same over the past 10 years, as insurance companies invest heavily in new technologies, innovation and start-ups.

Basic and advanced training as key values

Competent employees are a core competitive driver and a main success factor for insurance companies. The Swiss insurance sector champions the successful dual Swiss education systems and is active at all levels of education – at universities, technical colleges and higher vocational training as well as in offering basic professional training. Trainings in the insurance sector offer major transfer opportunities form one path inside the education system to another as well as being highly relevant in practice. Currently, insurance companies in Switzerland are training some 2,000 apprentices. Cicero, the insurance industry register, is tangible proof of the industry’s commitment to high-quality advice and lifelong learning – beyond the boundaries of any individual company.

Modern working environments

The insurance sector also responds to societal and technological changes by offering a modern working environment. Home offices, agile projects, part-time employment and family-friendly working models and environments are but a few aspects of this response.

Some 24% of the workforce works part-time, with three quarters of the part-time jobs being held by women. The 46,000-strong workforce in Switzerland consists of 57% male and 43% female employees. Women occupy 33% of all higher management and executive positions. One in five employees works part-time, and one in four is active as a customer consultant.