Entrepreneurship in Switzerland: Business activity by women
The percentage of women entrepreneurs remains lower than that of their male counterparts in Switzerland.
Women are again less inclined to embark on the entrepreneurial path in Switzerland. In 2017, we owe them/ they made up 35.4% of early entrepreneurial activities (which do not necessarily materialize in a company). Between 2011 and 2014, this rate reached near-parity between men and women.
This decline ‘could be linked to the fact that the financial crisis of 2008 pushed women to create new companies ‘out of necessity’ say the authors of the survey Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Switzerland. The situation in the labor market has visibly improved in recent years and may have diminished their entrepreneurial ambitions”.
In 2016, just less than half of business start-ups in Switzerland (45%) involved one or more women according to the estimates of the Federal Statistics Office (FSO).
Women are still under-represented in the category of sole proprietors or employees of their own company, but they are gaining ground. This percentage of women in the population of entrepreneurs stood at 37.3% in Q2 2017, whereas it only reached 28.2% in 1991, according to the Swiss Labor Force Survey (SLFS) by the FSO. The percentage of female entrepreneurs in the resident female population stood at 6.2% in Q2 2018, versus 10.8% for their male counterparts.
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