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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: biotech, corsier, Corsier-sur-Vevey, erbitux, merck, pharma, R&D, research, serono, vevey

More Pharma Jobs in Vevey

Posted on 16 November 2008 by Hans-T

Pharmaceutical giant Merck Serono is extending its Romandy-based biotechnology facilities, building a new center in Corsier-sur-Vevey and dadding several hundred new jobs.

Merck, founded in Germany in the 17th century, acquired Serono from the Bertarelli family in 2006 for over $10 billion last year in a highly publicized acquisition.

Merck Serono will spend roughly half a billion Swiss francs to construct a 3rd and fourth biotech center.

The new centers are to allow Merck Serono to design special molecules for treating various pathologies such as colon cancer. By 2012 Merck expects to ramp up production of Erbitux – a new cancer drug.

The arrival of the new centers was not without controversy – various associations like Greenpeace and WWF unsuccessfully fought the construction of the new buildings, mainly over the issue of genetic modification of organisms and problem of disposal of bio-organisms (particularly in the water).

Jobs in Vevey - Pharmaceuticals - Merck Serono

But the opposing arguments of economic benefits for the region and job creation won out.

The two sides ultimately compromised with the pharmaceutical giant agreeing to make public the data on any pollutants and the water purifying facilities in the area were improved.

With the new center in Vevey, which already houses Nestle’s lakeside world headquarters, 200 new jobs will be added to the already existing 300 jobs in the current facilities.

The headquarters of Merck Serono are in Geneva, and they provide jobs for researchers, scientists, engineers, biologists and laboratory workers.

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Filling Professional Jobs in Switzerland

Posted on 01 February 2008 by ThomasP

In the beginning of 2008, the scarcity of qualified personnel for jobs in Switzerland has deepened.

Thousands of specialists for key jobs in Switzerland are lacking the fields of I.T., banking, medical services, trading, as well as mechanical engineering, construction, and the hotel industry.

I.T. specialists, watchmakers, engineers in the pharmaceutical industry, mechanics, or even nurses – professional qualifications are worth gold in Switzerland. Switzerland is currently experiencing its worst labor crisis in decades, with severe shortages of qualified personnel in several key sectors of the economy and a record number of unfilled jobs.

Charles Belaz of Manpower Switzerland say succinctly, ‘the labor market is, in effect, extremely tight.’

An executive at Adecco adds, In general, all professions are affected when it’s a question of looking for highly qualified candidates for jobs in Switzerland.

Jobs for I.T. specialists - Swiss labor shortage

As a result, candidates currently have the upper hand in the process.

Top qualified candidates can choose between many possibilities say a recruiter with Curriculum SA, a company active in searching for qualified executives and professionals in service sector jobs in Geneva.

What are the professions and sectors the most affected ?

jobs in Switzerland - hot economy requires specialists

I.T. specialists are among the most hard to find and vigorously sought according to the administrators of some of the popular job recruitment websites in Switzerland.

“It’s not a new phenomenon,” notes Yves Fluckiger of the Employment Observatory, “but has simply become more and more serious with the expansion of the economy in the sectors of high technologies and information systems and communications.”

The shortage of candidates for jobs in Switzerland is made even more acute because so many large Swiss based companies are currently seeking to implement the same enterprise software systems like SAP and Oracle. And the I.T. field has also lost a lot of its luster in Switzerland over the past few years, attracting far fewer students in the Swiss universities.

Meanwhile, more and more multinationals are relocating to Switzerland for its infrastructure and its tax advantages.

The watch making industry is also hard hit by the shortage of qualified professionals – the situation is exacerbated by the explosion of the market for luxury watches. The Employment Observatory says the difficulties are of a structural nature: the Patronal Society of Watchmakers demonstrated that the expectations for current training of new professionals from now to 2010 will result in 2164 new watchmakers for the Swiss marketplace. While waiting for these future graduates to fill vacant jobs, the luxury watch companies must face the current labor shortage with recruitment abroad or hiring from the unemployment rolls.

Then there is nursing and the hotel industry. The demographic explosion in Switzerland has created a severe lack of nurses and paramedical personnel. The hotel industry has long suffered a lack of qualified professionals; the field is known for its low salaries and difficult working conditions.

The labor market is simply completely dry, according to Manpower executives in Switzerland, and notably in the domains of pharmaceutical, medical technologies, and I.T. specialties. Today, says Manpower, the only solution to filling jobs in Switzerland is to recruit outside of Switzerland.

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Switzerland seeks qualified Engineers, Technicians, and Financial Services Experts

Posted on 07 November 2007 by ThomasP

The number of job vacancies in Switzerland is well into the thousands – even with recruitment across the EU countries, finding qualified experts for the professional job vacancies has become problematic.

Not a week goes by without an alarming publication or article from some organization representing a particular sector of the Swiss economy.

A few days ago it was the turn of the mechanical engineering association to decry the severe lack of mechanical engineers on the Swiss and EU markets, creating a bottleneck in the Swiss labor market and braking growth in the high tech sector.

Every year, more than 1200 employees leave the industries’ companies and only 700 apprentices enter the field for training. In face of the severe lack of mechanical engineers, which underpin a variety of key, very profitable Swiss industries (like the luxury watch industry) the sector’s organizations started sounding the alarm a while back.

The situation is even more incomprehensible in view of the fact the sector is doing extremely well – the lack of ‘interest’ among students for this field baffles the sector’s analysts, reports the secretary general of the Groupement Suisse de l’Industrie Méchanique (GIM).

According to a recent survey by the GIM for the microtechnical and precision instruments branch, four out of ten companies have directors or upper level executives over 60 years old, which shows, according to the GIM, that a large number of mid-sized companies are doomed to disappear unless they find buyers within the next 10 years.

Informed estimates place the labor shortage in the mechanical engineering sector at roughly 10,000 persons.

Specifically, in the Watch Industry, the frenetic search for qualified professionals for jobs in the luxury watch brands has already depleted the neighboring European labor pool.

According to the Convention Patronale de L’industrie Horlogère

(CPIH), the job market is extremely tight. It’s reached a point that the CPIH has formed an alliance with Adecco to train 2200 young watch makers between now and 2010. The Swiss recruitment leader Adecco is prospecting among the Swiss Hautes Ecoles to find potential candidates who want to learn the trade.

The labor shortage goes well beyond highly qualified I.T. specialists, financial experts, scientists, or watch makers: according to Manpower, there is a terrible shortage of artisans, and construction workers, masons, carpenters, plumbers and electricians – to such a point that it is now difficult to find staff even extending one’s search across the EU.

The banking and financial sector are particularly badly hit by the shortage of qualified employees. The director of Genève Place Financière said that the Geneva banks created more than 2000 new jobs last year and nearly half of them went to foreigners. Financiers, economists, bankers…. The private banks as well as commercial banks, financial services organizations, trading companies, and others need more qualified staff to meet the demands of continued growth in their companies.

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Swiss Jobs in Industry

Posted on 13 October 2007 by info

PHILIP MORRIS is seeking to recruit a Food Technologist or Food Process Engineer for its R & D center in Neuchatel to work on the research and development of products that can reduce the risk of smoking. The position involves developing new treatments of tobacco. The position is to lead research programs in collaboration with external and internal research groups and assess new technologies to process tobacco and positively influence the composition of tobacco smoke. The candidate recruited for this job will search and recommend external partners, establish and guide fellow R & D programs with identified external entities, design and run experiments to assess quality of processed tobacco products, and perform in-depth evaluations and make comprehensive reports. The person sought is someone with a university degree in Food Technology, at least 3 years academic experience or industrial experience in various processes aimed at modifying tissue structure of plant materials and texture of food materials, e.g. paper refining, extrusion, expansion or drying. The successful candidate will be familiar with plant structural polymers, have experience in producing extracts from plant materials, and be fluent in English; spoken French and/or German would be an asset. Interested persons may apply via the PM online recruitment site at

ETHOS, a foundation created by Swiss pension funds to favor investment in sustainable development and ethical business practices, is seeking to recruit for their Geneva offices a Corporate Governance Analyst who will be responsible for analyzing the stockholders meetings, analyzing and evaluating companies as regards corporate governance, participating in dialogue with companies as regards governance, working on various studies in the domain of corporate governance. Ethos is seeking a candidate with a university degree, solid knowledge of corporate governance and interest in economics, good interpersonal and communication skills, strong writing skills, and mother tongue French or German with good knowledge of the other language; a knowledge of written and spoken English is also required.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply send a c.v. and motivation letter to M. Dominique Biedermann, Director, ETHOS, Place Cornavin 2, Case Postale, 1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland. Their website is

NOVELIS, a leader in aluminum rolling products based in Sierre (the Valais) is seeking to recruit a Research Engineer to support the global Novelis plants by developing and applying process models to improve the efficiency and product quality of the rolling operations. The position requires coordination with other software developers and R&D engineers during the development phase of the models in an international, industrial environment.
The Research they are seeking to recruit has a university degree in Physics, applied mathematics or engineering and preferably PhD with an emphasis in process simulation. Several years of experience is also required as are a sound knowledge of C/C++/Fortran/VB programming skills. Familiarity with FE modeling techniques, ease communicating in English and hopefully other European languages –particularly French and German, which are the ambient national languages. Interested candidates should send their CV and certificates to Novelis Switzerland, Emmanuel Zaza, Resources Humaines, Route des Laminoirs 15, CH-3960 Sierre, Switzerland, or by email to : The telephone number is +41 27 457 6111.

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