The rate of unemployment has increased in Switzerland during the pandemic — the number of job vacancies is 13 percent lower than it was 12 months ago, with hotel and restaurant sectors being among the most affected industries.
However, there is positive news as well.
Employment rate remains the same as it was in the summer of 2018 and significantly higher than in the period between 2012 and 2017, SonntagsZeitung reported.
More than 174,000 job vacancies are listed in Switzerland at the start of 2021, according to latest figures from the online job search engine X 28.
Who has the best chances of being hired right now?
Not surprisingly, healthcare personnel is in high demand at the present time, as are social workers.
And the pharmaceutical industry is also offering more positions than it did at the beginning of 2020.
Switzerland’s postal service, La Poste, overwhelmed by the increase in mail order sales during the pandemic, is also high in the ranking.
Similarly, delivery companies are hiring more personnel as well.
Among companies recruiting more employees now than than last year are retail chains such as Coop, Migros, Lidl, Dosenbach-Ochsner, Manor, and Denner.
Public entities like the City of Zurich and the cantons of Bern and Vaud are also looking for employees, particularly for social work.
And X 28 data also shows that Switzerland lacks craftsmen, artisans and people working in ‘green trades’ that focus on climate and environmental issues.