Swiss Federal Railways has offered to pay 2,500 francs ($2,800) to staff members who recommend their friends and acquaintances for job interviews in a move aimed at tackling a shortage of qualified staff.

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Swiss Railways offers bonus to fill staff void

Swiss Federal Railways has offered to pay 2,500 francs ($2,800) to staff members who recommend their friends and acquaintances for job interviews in a move aimed at tackling a shortage of qualified staff.

Swiss Railways offers bonus to fill staff void

The transport firm’s existing workers will receive the reward even if the person they recommend for the position is not hired in the end, Der Sonntag reported at the weekend.

The measure is applied by many companies in Switzerland. However, in contrast to the case of the public-funded company, bonuses for workers are usually conditional on the recommended person being offered a position.

Swiss Federal Railways spokesman, Christian Ginsig, justified the decision by saying that it is one of the most efficient ways to recruit people because “it is a motivation for workers to help the company find good staff.”

Ginsig added that it is “not always easy to find new workers” since “the job market has dried up”. For certain positions, like train conductors, the company is even forced to look for employees in neighboring countries.

With 28,000 employees, Swiss Federal Railways is one of the biggest companies in the country. It is currently suffering a shortage of several hundred staff, particularly conductors, train drivers and IT specialists.

This is the second time the firm has touted a cash incentive with the plan previously introduced in 2007 when the company was having trouble finding engine mechanics, ticket inspectors and IT staff.

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Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier

Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.

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