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”.

Percentage of early entrepreneurial activities performed by women

2003

22.9%

2012

45%

2013

49%

2014

51%

2016

32.2%

2017  35.4% 
Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Switzerland Report 2017/2018 (next publication on the question of business activity by women: july 2019)

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).

Number of new enterprises established in 2016

Total

39,125

 

By women and men

3,804

9.7%

By men

21,496

54.9%

By women

13,825

35.3%

Source: FSO, Statistics on business demography 2016 (Estimate, next publication: December 2019)

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.

Female entrepreneurship in Switzerland
Source: FSO, Swiss Labor Force Survey (SLFS), 2nd quarter 2018 (quarterly publication)

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