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For many years Skills Provision has been providing employment support for Swiss workers. As an International recruitment agency we are well positioned to find employment positions for Swiss nationals within the global market. We also provide migrant worker support for Swiss based organisations.

Switzerland is geographically small with a population of 8 million, a small majority are Swiss nationals. The balance is made up from European Union citizens.

Ranked in the top few countries in the world in terms of quality of life, Switzerland punches well above its weight. Areas of dominance include:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Chemicals
  • High end precision Engineering

With an ageing population Switzerland has to look outside its borders to fill these skills gaps, areas such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Care of the elderly
  • Education
  • Transport
  • Policing

As you would imagine the Swiss are very well ordered in dealing with those seeking work and operate a dual system briefly described below

The first concerns citizens from the European Union and/or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), who are generally allowed to come to Switzerland for three months while they look for work. The period can be extended to six months during an active job hunt.

The second is for citizens of all other countries (so-called Third States). Citizens from these countries must have a guaranteed work contract from an employer as well as the appropriate work visa before entering the country. Having a job offer alone is not enough to guarantee a permit. The system is long winded and complicated and best avoided unless the applicant has skills that cannot be found elsewhere in the European Union. Here are the main conditions:

  • There is a cap on the number of third-state nationals working in Switzerland. Work permits are therefore subject to the annual quota of residence permits available.
  • The potential employer has to prove that the vacancy was sufficiently advertised and that nobody already working in Switzerland or the EU was qualified or willing to do the job.
  • The salary and working conditions of the potential employee must conform to local and industry-specific standards in order to protect residents of Switzerland from wage dumping.
  • The applicant must possess the personal and professional qualifications required for working in Switzerland in general and in the specific job they applied for. It’s mainly specialists and executives from third states that can be found in Switzerland.
  • The applicant’s potential for integration is assessed according to various criteria including age and language skills.
  • Copies (and translations) of all diplomas and relevant qualifications must be submitted together with the application for a work permit.

Family members of a permit holder are allowed to stay and reside in Switzerland, regardless of nationality. Family members include a spouse, descendants under age 21 or dependants over whom custody or care is granted, regardless of age.

Cantonal authorities are responsible for issuing permits.

Benefit of employing Swiss workers:

  • Well educated
  • Will speak 2-5 Languages
  • Polite
  • Ambitious

If you are interested in working in Switzerland or discussing migrant worker options, please contact us today.