Labour Sciences


Labour-economics calculation data form the basis for thorough work planning, for the calculation of labour costs and work productivity, and for estimating work strain. Agroscope provides key data on this subject.


You’ll find publications on this topic here.

Work Budget

Agrocope’s work budget helps with the planning of staff and machinery use in practice.


LabourScope is an application for calculating the working-time requirement of labour and production processes in practice.

Latest News and Further Information


Plant Protection Robots in Vegetable Farming: Labour, Costs, Social Aspects and Ecology 

A hoeing and spot-spraying device enables huge savings in the use of plant-protection products. Although the costs are higher than for conventional plant-protection devices, motivated farm managers give this innovative technology genuine prospects for the future.


Direct Payments System: How to Reduce the Administrative Burden

Why do Swiss farmers complain about the administrative burden associated with the direct payments system? Several Agroscope studies show that the issue is not the time requirement; other factors are more important.

Video: Keeping Track of Working Hours with LabourScope

How much time does it take to perform the individual activities on a farm? Are all those involved
satisfied with the distribution of the work? How could the distribution be further improved? Questions
like these can be answered via the online tool LabourScope, the principles for which are continuously determined at Agroscope.

(Video only in German)