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Scarcity of Qualified Personnel for Jobs in Switzerland

Posted on 08 October 2008 by Hans-T

The demographics of the labor force are creating clouds on the horizon of work in Switzerland. In Switzerland a professional’s CV tend to peak at around 40 years old. Yet the demographic trend is increasingly toward and aging of the population.

At the Human Resources Congress in Berne, the demographic challenge was discussed and was one of the main debate themes of the meeting, which took place in Kursaal in late September and had over 500 attendees.

The lack of experts, specialists, and highly qualified personnel is an increasingly thorny problem in Switzerland, which has over the past few years opened up its once-closed labor market to the European Community. Despite the inflow of top professionals from neighboring France, from the UK, from Germany and Italy, and even from some of the Eastern European countries, Switzerland remains understaffed.

The management of several major personnel agencies have recently Swiss Recruitment Website - Jobs in Switzerland

remarked that the developing recession with bring a much needed respite to the labor shortage in Switzerland by slowing demand somewhat.

Currently, the penury of qualified workers in Switzerland is strongly felt in certain key professions such as specialists in I.T. / information technologies and engineering and technology experts. But demographics is not yet the cause. Other forces are in play, such as the decrease in desirability of certain trades and professions. According to the current thinking here, along with access to natural resources, access to the best human resources will be key to assuring one’s success in the global marketplace.

Human Resources officers in Switzerland say that the balance of power has shifted. Over the last decade, the tendency has been for employers to dictate their conditions on the labor market. But now the trend of work in Switzerland is for qualified specialists and experts to choose the position they want.

Switzerland has always looked abroad to satisfy its labor shortages but will not be able to do so as easily going forward. Other European countries such as Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands are also becoming attractive to top professionals.

At this writing, the government in Berne claims that Switzerland is lacking several thousand engineers, for whom jobs in Switzerland are waiting. At the same time, in Germany, the figure is close to 40,000 jobs.

The recruitment niches of the future are women and the elderly. There is also debate about pushing further out the retirement age. Seven out of ten workers in Switzerland are active between 50 and 64 years old. The proportion goes down steeply after age 60.

There is a culture in Switzerland of early retirement, which started in the age of restructurings, and which is no longer relevant to current labor force realities.

The trend now is for companies to make themselves as attractive as possible to top professionals, managers, specialists and innovators in order to more successfully compete for the top workers in Switzerland.

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