IT workers in demand in Switzerland as number of jobs on offer grows

Now is a good time to look for a new job with the number of vacancies on the rise and around one in 10 Swiss companies recruiting, according to labour market experts.

IT workers in demand in Switzerland as number of jobs on offer grows

The Adecco Swiss Job Market Index released on Friday showed four percent more jobs were advertised in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, with continuing high demand in the IT branch.

There was a one percent increase in vacant positions over the previous quarter.

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According to the University of Zurich researchers who compiled the report, the upwards trend is mainly due to growth in the Lake Geneva region where the number of jobs advertised was up 27 percent on the year before.

Jan Müller of the university’s Swiss Job Market Monitor said the region had a good economic climate and was benefitting from the increase in Swiss exports.

Other regions showed a more moderate increase in job vacancies and in the greater Zurich area the number of jobs on offer fell slightly compared with the same period in 2017.

As in previous quarters IT workers are particularly sought after, the index showed.

CEO of the Adecco Group Switzerland Nicole Burth said it was not easy to find staff to fill these positions, Blick reported, quoting a news release.

Compared with last year there were 17 percent more jobs advertised in the IT branch, she said.

According to Blick, a representative survey of employers showed that one in 10 companies currently has positions open.

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Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Switzerland has made reciprocal agreements regarding working holiday visas with several countries. Here's what you need to know.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Over the past few decades, countries around the globe have rolled out ‘working holiday visa’ agreements.

These visa schemes, largely targeted at young people, allow people to work and live in a particular country, usually for a set period of time and pursuant to certain conditions.

In recent years, Switzerland has expanded its own form of a ‘working holiday visa’, although there are some important differences to be aware of.

Unlike some of the better known schemes like those in place in Australia, applicants are discouraged from moving around and are generally required to stay with the one employer for the duration.

The goal of the visa scheme is to allow applicants to “expand their occupational and linguistic skills in Switzerland”.

The visa scheme runs for 18 months and cannot be extended.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

The agreements are made between countries, meaning your fate will depend on whether your government has at some point struck a deal with Switzerland.

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If you are from the European Union or an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), then you will be able to live and work in Switzerland as is – and will not need to go through this process.

If you come from outside the EU, you will only be able to apply for this visa if you are a citizen of the following countries:

Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United States.

What does ‘reciprocal’ mean in this context? 

Where these agreements have been struck, they have entitled citizens of both countries to certain rights and permissions in the other country. 

However, while these arrangements might be reciprocal, they are not identical. 

For instance, while citizens of Australia can enter Switzerland and work, the rules for Swiss citizens in Australia are significantly different. 

Therefore, if considering each program, be sure to study all of the relevant details as these will change from country to country and from agreement to agreement. 

More information is available at the following link. 

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