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Jobs in Switzerland roundup: Positive forecast for Swiss employment market

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Jobs in Switzerland roundup: Positive forecast for Swiss employment market
Rolex is one of the most desirable employers on Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Swiss labour market to experience dynamic recovery

This is the latest finding of researchers Economic Research Center (KOF), who predict that the unemployment rate will drop to 2.8 percent in 2022 from 3 percent this year.

The long-term forecast is even more positive, with unemployment dipping to of 2.7 percent.

“The negative consequences of the pandemic on the labour market may be less severe than initially expected,” KOF said.

25 companies young professionals in Switzerland  want to work for

Swiss placement and recruitment agency Academic Work conducted a survey among young professionals, asking them which employers they find most attractive in terms of reputation and success.

The result is a mixture of Swiss and international companies from a variety of sectors, both private and public.

These are the results:

Image: Academic Work

Geneva: Success of the job initiative

The cantonal initiative, which calls for the creation of 1,000 jobs annually in Geneva, has been successful. Supporters have collected 6,933 signatures —more than 5,400 required to bring the issue to the ballot box.

Launched by the left and the Geneva Trade Union Action Community (CGAS), the initiative demands that the canton and municipality create 1,000 jobs each year, the number of which would decrease proportionally as the unemployment rate — currently 5 percent — drops.

In Zurich, “equal opportunities for everyone” 

The city council has voted to introduce a “non-discriminatory” hiring system for municipal employees , which is based on anonymous applications.

Under this scheme, only the candidate’s qualifications will be taken into account: details such as name, origin, gender, age, and marital status will no longer be recognisable when assessing applicants.

“Gender and origin often influence our judgment, even if subconsciously,” according to Zurich deputy Përparim Avdili, who is behind this project.

“Everyone should have the same opportunities,” she said.

Did you know?

If you are a job seeker in Switzerland, you can conduct your search through various recruitment agencies.

But there is also an online platform created by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), which allows you to do a job search, register for employment, and submit your application.

It also provides practical information for job seekers, including tips on applying for employment.

More information about this platform can be found here.

Useful links

Looking for a job in Switzerland or just want a little more information about working here, then check out the following links: 

How much do workers in Switzerland earn – and which jobs are the best paid?

Getting fired in Switzerland: The employment laws you need to know about

Jobs in Switzerland: Foreigners ‘less likely to be hired than Swiss nationals’

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Jobs: Why Zurich has rebounded better than other Swiss cities from Covid

The Covid pandemic hit Switzerland hard, although the country's largest city has rebounded strongly.

Jobs: Why Zurich has rebounded better than other Swiss cities from Covid

Measures imposed due to the Covid pandemic, which began in earnest in February 2020, shuttered businesses across the country and pushed many people out of work. 

When most notable Covid rules were relaxed in Switzerland in mid-February 2022, the economic recovery – highlighted by a strong job market – began in earnest in 2021. 

READ MORE: How the Swiss job market rebounded from the Covid pandemic

Nowhere was this more evident than Zurich, Switzerland’s largest and most economically powerful city. 

How did Zurich rebound from the Covid pandemic in comparison to the rest of the country?

Even though Zurich, along with other large Swiss cities like Geneva, Basel, Bern and Lausanne, have been hit hard by the pandemic from the employment perspective, Zurich’s labour market is now growing faster than in other urban centres.

One of the reasons for this upward trend is that young, well-educated foreigners are coming back.

In the first nine months of 2021, the city’s population grew significantly.

In September alone, it recorded 2,200 additional residents.

This is mainly due to people with a B residence permit, according to Klemens Rosin, methodologist at Zurich’s Statistics Office.

During the crisis, far fewer of them left the city. “This group is made up of well-educated, younger and mobile foreigners who have made a significant contribution to Zurich’s growth”, Rosin said.

Zurich’s employment market is expect to grow even further.

READ MORE: How hard is finding work in Zurich without speaking German?

That’s because in the coming years, many Zurich workers will retire — an estimated  210,000 by year 2050 — creating more job opportunities for younger employees.

In fact, according to a study commissioned by the canton in 2021, if Zurich’s economy is to continue to flourish, it will need around 1.37 million workers by mid-century.

If these vacancies will not be filled, then income, tax revenue and the financing of social security programs will be impacted.

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While it is difficult to predict what jobs will be most in demand in 2050 — what new technologies will emerge in the meantime — right now and in medium term, IT workers will be especially needed, experts say, because businesses will continue to to digitalise and automate.

Lower skilled jobs will also be in higher demand, including hospitality, retail and transport. 

With hundreds of thousands of vacancies to fill, people with the permission to work in Switzerland are likely to be flush with offers – particularly skilled workers with recognised qualifications. 

READ MORE: Why finding a job in Switzerland is set to become easier