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Hitzfeld fifth highest paid World Cup manager

Ottmar Hitzfeld, the German coach of the Swiss national football team, is the fifth highest paid manager among the 32 teams competing in the Fifa World Cup 2014 which starts in Brazil today.

Hitzfeld fifth highest paid World Cup manager
Ottmar Hitzfeld earns 3.2 million francs a year. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

According to a survey in British newspaper the Daily Mail, Hitzfeld earns 3.2 million francs ($3.5m) a year, putting him in fifth place behind the managers of Russia, England, Italy and Brazil.

Former England boss Fabio Capello, who now manages Russia, tops the table with an annual 10 million francs ($11.1m) on a two-year contract.

That’s nearly double the second highest paid manager, current England coach Roy Hodgson, who pockets 5.3 million francs ($5.9m) a year.

Italy’s Cesare Prandelli earns 3.9 million francs ($4.3m) annually, ahead of Luis Felipe Scolari of Brazil in fourth place on 3.6 million francs ($4m).

The lowest paid of the 32 managers is Mexico’s Miguel Herrera on 189,000 francs ($210,000) a year, reports the Daily Mail.

According to Swiss newspaper Le Matin, Hitzfeld’s 3.2 million francs amounts to more than his three rival managers in Group E put together.

France’s Didier Deschamps earns 1.85 million francs, reports the paper, with Honduras’ Fernando Suarez and Ecuador’s Reinaldo Rueda receiving 539,000 francs and 485, 000 francs respectively.

The Swiss side start their campaign in Brazil on June 15th with a match in Brasilia against Ecuador.

Speaking to Laureus.com, Hitzfeld said it will be difficult for a European side to win the tournament in Brazil.

Each of the four previous times the World Cup has been hosted by a South American country, a nation from that continent has won it.

"It cannot be a coincidence that a European team couldn't win a World Cup held in South America,” he said. “Not in Uruguay, not in Mexico, not in Argentina and for sure not in Brazil."

Regarding Switzerland’s chances, Hitzfeld said: “We do have the potential to qualify for the round of the last 16. That is our goal. Then there are no limits.”

Hitzfeld, who has been Switzerland manager since 2008, is retiring following this year's tournament after having taken the team to three successive World Cup Finals. In December Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic was appointed his successor.

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Jobs: Why Zurich has rebounded better than other Swiss cities from Covid

The Covid pandemic hit Switzerland hard, although the country's largest city has rebounded strongly.

Jobs: Why Zurich has rebounded better than other Swiss cities from Covid

Measures imposed due to the Covid pandemic, which began in earnest in February 2020, shuttered businesses across the country and pushed many people out of work. 

When most notable Covid rules were relaxed in Switzerland in mid-February 2022, the economic recovery – highlighted by a strong job market – began in earnest in 2021. 

READ MORE: How the Swiss job market rebounded from the Covid pandemic

Nowhere was this more evident than Zurich, Switzerland’s largest and most economically powerful city. 

How did Zurich rebound from the Covid pandemic in comparison to the rest of the country?

Even though Zurich, along with other large Swiss cities like Geneva, Basel, Bern and Lausanne, have been hit hard by the pandemic from the employment perspective, Zurich’s labour market is now growing faster than in other urban centres.

One of the reasons for this upward trend is that young, well-educated foreigners are coming back.

In the first nine months of 2021, the city’s population grew significantly.

In September alone, it recorded 2,200 additional residents.

This is mainly due to people with a B residence permit, according to Klemens Rosin, methodologist at Zurich’s Statistics Office.

During the crisis, far fewer of them left the city. “This group is made up of well-educated, younger and mobile foreigners who have made a significant contribution to Zurich’s growth”, Rosin said.

Zurich’s employment market is expect to grow even further.

READ MORE: How hard is finding work in Zurich without speaking German?

That’s because in the coming years, many Zurich workers will retire — an estimated  210,000 by year 2050 — creating more job opportunities for younger employees.

In fact, according to a study commissioned by the canton in 2021, if Zurich’s economy is to continue to flourish, it will need around 1.37 million workers by mid-century.

If these vacancies will not be filled, then income, tax revenue and the financing of social security programs will be impacted.

READ MORE: Have your say: What’s the best way to find a job in Zurich

While it is difficult to predict what jobs will be most in demand in 2050 — what new technologies will emerge in the meantime — right now and in medium term, IT workers will be especially needed, experts say, because businesses will continue to to digitalise and automate.

Lower skilled jobs will also be in higher demand, including hospitality, retail and transport. 

With hundreds of thousands of vacancies to fill, people with the permission to work in Switzerland are likely to be flush with offers – particularly skilled workers with recognised qualifications. 

READ MORE: Why finding a job in Switzerland is set to become easier 

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