Tobacco workers top Swiss wage poll

The average Swiss earned a gross monthly wage of 5,979 francs ($6,490) last year, official figures published on Monday showed.

Tobacco workers top Swiss wage poll
Michael Faes (File)

Senior employees in the tobacco industry were among the most handsomely paid, earning an average 46,315 francs a month, according to the Federal Statistical Office.

Next up were pharmaceutical executives (43,163 francs) followed by those working in the financial sector (42,668 francs).

About 10.7 percent earned less than 4,000 Swiss francs a month, considered a low wage in Switzerland, renowned for its high cost of living.

Men earned on average 18.4 percent more than women, taking home 6,397 Swiss francs compared to 5,221.

Nearly one in three employees received a bonus (30.6 percent), varying from the 4,080 francs received by metal industry workers to the hefty 125,616 francs awarded to investment bankers.

The 5,979 franc average was slightly up on the 5,823 francs earned by workers in 2008, according to the Swiss earnings survey carried out every two years.

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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.