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Jobs in Switzerland roundup: Covid certificate may be used in workplaces

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Jobs in Switzerland roundup: Covid certificate may be used in workplaces
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Covid certificate may be used in the workplace

From September 13th, the certificate has been compulsory to access almost all indoor areas in Switzerland, including restaurants, bars, fitness centres, sports events, cultural facilities, as well as some gatherings such as weddings in private venues.

To some degree, the requirement also applies to the workplace.

Employers may check whether their employees hold a certificate “if it is used to determine appropriate protective measures or implement a testing plan”, the Federal Council specified.

However, “information regarding an employee’s immunity status or test result may not be used for any other purpose”, the government stated.

It also added that if a company requires the employees to undergo screening, “it must bear the cost incurred of any test”.

Gender (in)equality at work: Yes, men are discriminated against too

It seems that stereotypes and gender roles also penalise men looking for work, according to a recent study by KOF Economic Research Center.

“Men who want part-time jobs seem suspicious to recruiters”, said study author Daniel Kopp.

Why? This contradicts the traditional image of the man as the main financial support of the family — the reason why these men are shunned by recruiters. Often this is not even intentional. “It could be an unconscious reaction”, Kopp noted.

If these men apply for any job that is less than full time, “the recruiter is already suspicious. Their type of education or professional experience is only of secondary importance”, the study found.

A growing trend: should you consider job sharing?

Job sharing in the traditional sense refers to two or more people sharing a full-time position.

It’s a win-win situation for companies and employees alike, according to a report in Neue Zurcher Zeitung (NZZ).

Employers retain workers, increase productivity and have access to a larger talent pool.

For employees, “job sharing reduces the risk of losing one’s job, strengthens know-how through increased exchange with co-workers, and  improves the compatibility of family and work”, NZZ said.

There are no official statistics on how many companies offer this opportunity in Switzerland but the popularity of this option has grown, especially since it can mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

“A job sharing program can be an innovative solution for retaining talent and employees in this time of crisis. Various economists suggest that job sharing can alleviate the psychological problems caused by layoffs as a result of Covid. When companies face the harsh reality of cutting costs through layoffs, job sharing allows them to cut a position or part of a position without having to lay off an employee”, according to NZZ.

Did you know?

Most employers in Switzerland attach high importance to the reference letter of a potential employee.

That’s why all workers in Switzerland are entitled to a reference from their employer when they leave a company, regardless of whether they were fired or leave of their own volition.

 The reference should be truthful and include  factual information such as the type and length of employment, performance, and conduct.

More information can be found here:

Getting fired in Switzerland: The employment laws you need to know about

Useful links

Looking for a job in Switzerland or just want a little more information about working here, then check out the following links: 

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EXPLAINED: What are your chances of getting a job in Switzerland from abroad?

How immigration boosts the entire Swiss economy

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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.

EXPLAINED: What’s the difference between permanent residence and Swiss citizenship?

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. 

EXPLAINED: How to get a working holiday visa in Switzerland