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Full employment for IT professionals

Posted on 29 November 2009 by Papessa

job_it_specialistThe recent development of social networks is symptomatic of the trends toward permanent connectivity and total IT immersion. In this new context, Web 2.0 is creating a growing space of new services essentially without limits. Content is disseminated by all kinds of networks at higher and higher bandwidth.

But in order for our economies and societies to enter this new networked phase — « always on » — there are several conditions which must be satisfied.

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Tags: electronics, employment, job opportunities, job vacancies, jobs, machine tools, mechanics, polymécanicien, precision tools

Continued Demand for Skilled Mechanics

Posted on 26 July 2009 by PCT

Bucking the trend of downsizing and layoffs, part of the industry of precision machine tools – hat which treats machines destined for agri-business, rail transport or medicine—are little affected by the economic slowdown.

This contrasts strongly with companies producing precision mechanics for the luxury watch industry where jobs have been had hit, with many companies in the Jura laying off thousands of workers.

However, globally across the precision tools industry in Switzerland, there is very strong demand for mechanics skilled in tooling pieces in metal or plastic. In Romandy alone (the French-speaking parts of Switzerland) the labor bureau estimates the market is lacking roughly 400 skilled mechanics.

In the precision tools industry a mechanic who works in the manufacture of machine tools for fabricating precision parts is in high demand. The Swiss market on the whole requires roughly 25,000 such skilled precision mechanics. The Vocational training that produces them is largely by apprenticeship and as a result, in the French-speaking regions of Switzerland, where apprenticeships are not highly esteemed as educational qualifications—there are few students choosing to be trained in this field.

Company spokesmen and government labor offices say it’s a shame, because the precision machine industry, the electronics and the metallurgy industries are big employers in the Swiss economy, and the jobs in these fields offer high salaries and good career prospects.

The machine tools, electronics, and metallurgy industries together employ 320,000 people in Switzerland across over 400 companies. In Romandy alone, these industries are responsible for 50,000 jobs.

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Tags: citizens, Crisis, Economy, employment, Europe, freedom, graduates, job, jobs, labor, market, middle class, movement, professional, swiss, trade, vote

Vote on 8 February, EU or not ?

Posted on 15 January 2009 by Gaffer

Fears around the employment market will play a significant role in the vote on 8 February. Despite the support of economy and trade unions, the “yes” to freedom of movement is now doubt in the middle class of Switzerland that the influx of skilled workers worried.

Entry into force in 2002, expanded in 2005, the free movement of people has changed the Swiss labor market.

According to the latest barometer of employment published in late November by the Federal Statistical Office (SFO), Switzerland had, 3rd quarter 2008, 1.3% of employed more than a year earlier.

An increase resulting primarily from the increased number of foreign workers (+4.0%), the Swiss number increased only slightly (0.4%).

Absorbed by an economy operating at full capacity in recent years, the European workforce has also diversified.

Gone is the cliché of the Portuguese bricklayer, now 58% of workers who come to settle in Switzerland are graduates, against 36% in 1997.

But what happens on the Swiss labor market during this financial crisis?

EU and bilateral votation in Switzerland

This fear haunts now also the middle class, traditionally more open to Europe.

In the latest survey of the institute devoted to gfs.berne popular vote on February 8, and it appeared that his position was “the reluctance of the refusal.” What political scientist Claude Longchamp explained by the presence of increasingly skilled foreign workers.
A study by the Center for Business Cycle Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (KOF) shows that between 2002 and 2007, gross domestic product (GDP) in Switzerland recorded an annual increase of 0.16% above what would have happened without the agreement. The same study also indicates that the movement did not decrease the level of nominal wages, or increase the rate of unemployment among the Swiss.
But the assumption that European workers are the first affected by the crisis in Switzerland seems to be confirmed. In November, the net migration fell by 28% compared to the previous month. The fall was particularly marked in Germany (-40%), which are the most numerous among EU citizens to seek their professional happiness on the Swiss market of employment.

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Tags: Economy, employment, hiring freeze, jobseekers, recession

Swiss Companies : Jobs Freeze

Posted on 09 December 2008 by ThomasP

The employment market in Switzerland has begun deteriorating. Official statistics from November released this morning by the SECO (an organ of the Swiss Federal Government) showed new jobs creation grinding to a halt and unemployment rates rising to 2.7% from a previous 2.6%.

The employment index, calculated by the HES of Soleure and the University of Zurich on a mandate from the company Monster, showed a 5 point drop in October, its first drop since 2003.

The economics professor Yves Fluckiger, director of the Employment Observatory of Geneva, believes that the number of unemployed will grow by 30,000 – 40,000 persons within the next 12 months. The unemployment rate is thus expected to rise to 3.5% – 3.6%. In fact, over the next 4 – 6 months, the unemployment statistics will mostly be hit by the already jobless who will have greater difficulty finding work in a market which is tightening up and go into bunker mode.

Off balance by the recessionist economic perspectives, companies are scaling back hiring, resulting in fewer opportunities for those without jobs to get off unemployment.

Swiss unemployment set to rise

Added to this, recruiters and analysts of the job market say, will be an increase in companies laying off workers.

The Regional Placement Offices (ORP) claim that they are already seeing these tendencies. The federal government has already been sending out circulars advising regional placement offices to increase their staff (at least they are hiring !) to deal with expected rise in the number of unemployed who will need assistance in finding a job.

The canton of Fribourg is already seeking to hire several new placement case officers.
Neuchatel’s two placement offices currently employ 40 staff and are in the process of recruiting 4 more placement advisors. They say they may hire more in 2009.

The canton of Geneva’s placement centers employ roughly 200 staff – making them an important source of employment for Geneva – and have not yet launched any new job offers but sources say they will be hiring more staff for 2009, according to Patrick Schmied, the director of the Office Cantonal de L’Emploi.

On average, a placement officer handles 100 jobless candidates at the same time. In December 2007 Switzerland had 131 regional placement offices for the jobless and employed a total of 2500 persons. These offices handled a total of 436,000 unemployed seeking a job.

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Tags: Basel, careers, employment, jobs, novartis, Pharmaceutical, switzerland, work

Novartis has record profitability – more jobs in Basel

Posted on 25 October 2008 by Hans-T

Outside of the banks and finance companies, there are many sectors of the Swiss economy that are only minimally affected by the financial crisis and continue to show a growth of jobs in Switzerland.

Consider the case of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, based in Basel. A Spokesperson for Novartis said this week that Novartis has no exposure whatever to insolvent financial institutions. The group’s figures for the first three quarters show a 12% increase in profitability over last year for a total of $31.4 billion, and a net profit of $7.25 billion. Novartis’ profitability rose by 19% compared to the same period last years, with the 3rd quarter’s results 32% higher over last year’s. Most of the Swiss employment provided by Novartis are jobs in Basel.

The pharmaceutical giant owes its resplendent financial fortunes to the effects of change as well as its global restructuring, in which more than 2500 jobs (mainly outside of Switzerland) were eliminated worldwide.

The multinational drug company, which contributes to the considerable amount of research and engineering work in Basel, has recently been launching an array of new medicines to counter the pressures from the increasing number of generic drugs competing with established Jobs in Basel - Pharmaceuticals - Novartis

pharmaceutical products. Over the last 9 months alone Novartis launched nearly 100 new drugs to offset the losses expected from generics competing with established patented medicines such as Diovan (for hypertension) which by itself is responsible for $5 billion in sales. Nonetheless, analysts say it will not be before 2010 that these new products will reach their full sales potentials. The increased revenue is expected to feed demand for increased research and development work in Switzerland.

Jobs in Basel - PharmaceuticalsAcross the Atlantic, where like its competitors, Novartis got the green light from the American FDA, sales have declined a modest 4%. But Novartis has offset these modest declines with huge gains in emerging economies (+17%) as well as in Europe where sales are up 7%.

Analysts have expressed a bullish attitude on Novartis, noteworthy especially in this period of market turbulence, and continue to recommend buying Novartis stock, considered to be a strong long term investment. Wegelin bank analysts say the stock is a ‘sure value,’ and some analysts see the stock rising above CHF 70.

For Basel, Novartis continues to provide a large number of jobs in Basel and to contribute substantially to tax revenues.

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