GOSAM, Gender Occupational Segregation in the Swiss Apprenticeship Market

Gender occupational segregation is a known phenomenon in the labor market. We investigate whether employers contribute to this segregation by rejecting apprenticeships applicants whose gender differs from that of the typical worker.


  • Lead department Business
  • Institute Institute for New Work
  • Research unit Diversity and Inclusion
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for the Digital Society
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.03.2018 - 28.02.2019
  • Project management Ana Fernandes
  • Head of project Ana Fernandes
  • Project staff Aron Bäriswyl
    Ana Fernandes
    André Scholl
  • Partner SNF
    Uni Freiburg
  • Keywords Labor market discrimination, gender, apprenticeship market


We aim to identify whether or not employers grant apprenticeship positions more often to apprenticeship candidates whose gender matches the prevalent gender in the corresponding occupation.

Course of action

We will conduct a correspondence test of the Swiss apprenticeship market. With the collected data, we will examine whether girls are more often invited to jobs normally performed by women and, vice-versa, whether boys are more often invited to jobs usually performed by men.