The labor market in Switzerland


Switzerland's labor market is quite liberal and open to expatriates. Find useful information on labor laws and conditions in this article.

Switzerland benefits from great working conditions; the unemployment rate is indeed well below the European average, wages are relatively higher and several weeks of paid holidays contribute to the happiness of Swiss employees who are among the better off in the world. 

Even if the labor market is relatively protected, there are still employment opportunities for foreigners in several economic sectors such as finance, pharmacy, luxury, watch, chemicals, communication and hotel and catering industries. 


In Switzerland, a written contract is not mandatory per se. However, in case of dispute, the Swiss Code of Obligations shall prevail. It is still highly recommended to sign an employment contract in due form to specify the nature of the position held, working hours, days of leave and salary . 

Terms and conditions

There is no minimum wage in Switzerland and remunerations remain at the discretion of employers or are determined by collective agreements. 

Swiss employees are granted a minimum of 4 weeks paid holiday per year. According to collective agreements in place in the company, additional days may be granted. 

The working time is generally set at 40 hours per week, spread over 5 days. Working overtime is generally extra paid but limited. 

For more information about wage conditions in Switzerland, please refer to the Code of Obligations

  Useful links: 

Inspection and Labor Relations - State of Geneva
Employment - State of Vaud

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