Employees in Switzerland

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Working Conditions

Opening Hours
  • Legal Weekly Duration
45 hours for technicians and white collar employees.

50 hours for other employees (e.g. building industry and agriculture).

  • Maximum Duration
50 hours.
  • Night Hours
Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Working Rest Day
Normally on Sunday. Other arrangements for days off may be made with the employee's consent.
Paid Annual Vacation
A minimum of four weeks. For employees under the age of twenty, the minimum is five weeks annual vacation.
Retirement Age
65 years
Child Labor and Minimum Age For Employment
The minimum age for full-time employment is 18 years. Child labor does not exist in the country. However children above 13 years of age may be employed in light duties for not more than 9 hours (in some cases 15 hours) per week during the school year.
Informal Labor Market
Very much limited in Switzerland.

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The Cost of Labor


Minimum Wage
No minimum wages act in Switzerland. However safeguards are in place to prevent ‘wage dumping’ – the practice whereby the salaries paid to the workers from the EU countries are less than the local wages.
Average Wage
Approximately USD 3,000 per month for un-skilled workers, and USD 4,500 per month for skilled employees.
Other Forms of Pay
  • Pay For Overtime
At least 25% extra.
  • Pay For Rest Days Worked
At least 25% extra.
  • Pay For Night Hours
At least 25% extra.
  • Pay For Overtime at Night
At least 25% extra.

Social Security Costs

The Areas Covered
Swiss social security provides covers for old age, death and invalidity (basic scheme and occupational benefit schemes), sickness, accident, occupational diseases and unemployment, as well as family allowances.
Contributions Paid By the Employer: 5.05 %.
Contributions Paid By the Employee: 5.05 %.
Competent Organization
Federal Social Insurance Office (BSV)
Federal Office of Public Health Insurance (FOPH)

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