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Rising Immigration Causes Rents to Rise in Geneva

Posted on 13 December 2009 by Sprecher

geneva_housingHousing prices across the entire lake leman region, from Geneva to Montreux, are rising eith the influx of foreigners seeking work in the Romandie area. Higher unemployment in neighboring France, Italy, and Germany have resulted in substantial increases immigration of workers seeking jobs in Switzerland. The National Bank of Switzerland (BNS) recently published a study of the trend, linking the wave of immigration to rising property prices and rents. The BNS is one of many government organs or agencies whose federal workers have lifetime employment with indexed salaries.

According to a report by Wuest & Partner, over the past 3 years, rents have risen by more than 10% in Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich. Across all of Switzerland renters appear to have been the most penalized by the trend of rising property prices. In Switzerland only one third of households are property owners.

Geneva, Lausanne, Vevey, Aigle, Zurich and Lugano are among the 10 regions with the strongest rise in the number of resident foreigners. According to the OFS (the federal bureau of statistics) the trend has accentuated steadily over the past 4 years, with 2008 the year with the largest wave of immigration since statistics were collected. The immigrants came mainly from neighboring European countries.

The BNS however refrained from venturing a precise quantitative relation between the flux of new immigrant workers and the extent of the rise in rents. Rather, they limited their conclusions to anodyne observations on the ineluctable relationship between supply and demand.

The Europeans who have moved to Switzerland over the past several years have occasionally chosen to purchase their lodgings, in which case their purchases have influenced the rising prices of small multifamily houses or villas or apartments.

A percentage of the new immigrants do not seek residence in the urban centers but rather in small tax shelter cantons like Schwytz or Zug. There has been a substantial rise in the already high property prices in Zug resulting from the phenomenon of European immigrants seeking fiscally advantageous domiciles. It has forced a substantial number of indigenous residents out of the town because of the rising prices.

According to the BAK in Basel, the property shortfall in the affected areas will result in a drop of roughly 20% in available properties for purchase or rent, causing further rises in property prices and rents.

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Work in Switzerland, information about salaries

Posted on 23 February 2009 by Gaffer

“What salary should I request for a job in Switzerland?” — it’s a question a lot of people from outside Switzerland try to answer. Salaries in Switzerland are higher than elsewhere? Myth or reality?

Most surveys estimate that salaries in Switzerland for skilled workers are generally two or three times higher than in most other European countries. In 2006, the salary in Switzerland averaged 5674 Swiss Francs, it’s approximately 68k Swiss francs per year. So, Switzerland has a relatively high level of pay. However, the Swiss cost of living is also very high compared with countries in the EU.

For job positions like executives, experts, managers and specialists, the average salary ranges from 4700 (Hotels, Restaurant…) to 11,220 Swiss francs (banking and financial sector). The most qualified earn almost 7400 Swiss francs, averaging all sectors of activity together.

In 2006, the best salary was on the banking and financial sector but with the global economic crisis and recessionist tendencies, probably the average salary will go down. Though it isn’t certain since a lot of banks have been giving out bonuses during the crisis. Top management may have some trouble but since they earn a lot more than any employers one can’t predict the future salary in this sector.

salaries in Switzerland

You can’t convert you’re current salary to swiss francs, indeed… it’s the same job but you must take into account the cost of living in Switzerland. Your net pay will be higher in Switzerland than in France: all social security deductions – pension systems, unemployment insurance represent 13-15% of the salary and it’s about 23% in France.
In Switzerland, payroll taxes related to health insurance are paid in full by the company but you have to pay your contribution to health insurance (LaMal)… it’s mandatory so you need to purchase one.
Between 2005 and 2006, the salary has increased in Switzerland by 0.1% (all professions and sectors). Maybe you think, it’s the crisis in 2008 so we can use this statistics of the SFO (2006). Actually it’s right; some studies indicate for 2008 a pay increase of 2.6% over the previous year.
The government has made available on Internet some tools to calculate salary for a region
Salary in Geneva
Average Salary in Switzerland
If you’re a job seeker looking for an opportunity in Switzerland feel free to upload your CV on

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Geneva has disproportionate numbers of jobs in Switzerland

Posted on 14 October 2008 by ThomasP

The canton of Geneva occupies 0.6% of the surface area of Switzerland but employs roughly 8% of the salaried Work force in Switzerland and is responsible for a gross product of roughly $ 35 billion, roughly 8% of the Swiss GDP.

As to jobs, Geneva has practically a world record with approximately 2 jobs for three inhabitants (For a total population of about 450,000 there are 297,000 Jobs in Geneva). There are also roughly 75,000 cross border workers who work in Switzerland but live in neighboring France or Germany or Italy.

According to the Geneva Cantonal Bank’s statistics, the average salary in Geneva has continued to rise. During the 90’s, Geneva salaries were less than those in Zurich. However salaries in Geneva have now outstripped salaries in Zurich, with the average salary in Geneva now roughly CHF 6350, approximately 15% higher than the Swiss average, and about CHF 100 higher than Zurich’s average. The high average salaries for jobs in Geneva is largely explainable by the Jobs in Geneva Switzerland

high proportion of jobs in private banks, jobs in trading companies, and jobs in the financial services industries, all of which pull the salary statistics higher. Roughly 10% of workers in Geneva have salaries higher than CHF 12,400 per month.

Geneva is also the canton with the most glaring discrepancies between high salaries and low salaries.

In Geneva 85% of the small and medium size companies employ fewer than 10 persons. But over a third of the corporate landscape in Geneva (measured by number of jobs) is large multinational companies. Among the large employers of Geneva are the banks – UBS, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Pictet, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch, Deutsche Bank,… – and then there are the luxury brands, and other multinationals, such as Rolex (4000 jobs), Proctor and Gamble (2500 jobs), Firmenich (1600 jobs), The Richemont Group (1400 jobs), Patek Philippe (1200 jobs), Merck Serono (1000 jobs), Givaudan (800 jobs), Chopard (700 jobs), Japan Tobacco (600 jobs), Franck Muller(600 jobs) and Du Pont(600 jobs).

The luxury watch industry alone brings in over $1 billion in annual revue to the canton of Geneva.

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