Switzerland’s Federal Council Approves List of Occupation Types

Global Mobility Solutions previously noted a new requirement of employers to communicate Switzerland job openings in specific occupation types with higher than average unemployment rates beginning July 2018, according to a December 8, 2017 Federal Council decision. The Federal Council’s requirement for mandatory registration will start July 1, 2018 for positions that have 8% or higher unemployment, and then increase on January 1, 2020 for positions that have 5% or higher unemployment.

What is the new requirement starting July 1?

Under the new requirement, employers must register their job openings with the local job center and then wait five business days before advertising these openings through other venues. The local job center must forward applications from local job seekers who meet the requirements of the job opening within three business days. Companies must invite local candidates that meet the requirements of the job opening to an interview. They must also report the job openings they are able to fill through this channel to the job center. The temporary withholding of job opening information helps job seekers who are registered with the local job center to get priority access to the job advertisements.

What are the occupation types affected by this new requirement?

Switzerland’s Federal Council has now approved the following list of occupation types that fall under the job registration requirements:

  • Agricultural assistants
  • Other professions in the watch industry
  • Warehousemen
  • Other professions
  • Concrete constructor, cementer (inside): Construction
  • Other professions of the construction industry
  • Plasterers, stucco workers
  • Insulators
  • Public Relations Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Runners and Couriers
  • Teleoperators/Operators and Telephone operators
  • Receptionists and Porters
  • Service staff
  • Floor, laundry and Economat staff
  • Kitchen staff
  • Domestic farm managers
  • Actors
  • Manpower with indeterminate manual employment

What should employers expect with this requirement?

Employers should expect to register their job openings with the local job center. They must follow the new requirement if the job is on the list of occupation types. They should also expect to keep records to ensure they can verify they are following all aspects of the requirement, and to report on the job openings they are able to fill through this process. Employers can use the Check Up Tool to verify if their job opening is on the list that requires registration.

What should employers do?

Global Mobility Solutions recommends that employers review their hiring plans in Switzerland to determine the impact of the new requirement on their employment and job advertising processes. Employers should also examine their record-keeping processes to ensure they can accurately record and report on their activities related to fulfilling the new requirements.


Global Mobility Solutions’ team of global relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients with country-specific employment and job requirements. We can help your company understand how to comply with the job registration requirements in Switzerland, as well as review record-keeping processes to ensure reporting capabilities are sufficient. Learn best practices from Global Mobility Solutions, the relocation industry and technology experts. Contact our experts online or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

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