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Posted on 14 July 2007 by info

The national unemployment rate in Switzerland remains below 3%, with the economy experiencing labor shortages in several important market sectors. Zurich and Geneva remain the most desirable Swiss cities for foreign professionals seeking work in Switzerland.

As part of our periodic regional press roundup, a selection of jobs in the Geneva-Lausanne area is excerpted below. For current job offers in Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel and the Jura, one should consult the websites of Le Temps, The Tribune de Genève, 24 heures, as well as the numerous recruitment websites for the French-speaking regions of Switzerland. For the English-speakers living and working in Switzerland, the most extensive subculture is in Geneva and Zurich.


Hotel Bristol, Geneva – Four star hotel, member of SRS World Hotels, “The Charming Hotels,” and Independent Luxury Hotels, seeks an experienced Receptionist who is fluent in both English and French. A third language is highly desirable. Candidates should address their applications to the Bureau of Personnel, Hotel Bristor, 10 rue Mont-Blanc, CP 1636, 1211 Geneva 3.

Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva, Five star hotel, is seeking a Chef for its gastronomic restaurant “Le Chat-Botte” (rated 17/20 in the Gault Millau) who is fluent French and English. The Hotel also seeks an Attaché Commercial, fluent in French and English, with experience in sales and solid mastery of I.T. tools. A third open position at the Hotel is Assistant to the Banquets Director, candidates for which should be experienced, at ease with computer tools, and fluent in French and English. For all positions, apply to the Bureau of Human Resources, Hotel Beau-Rivage, 13, Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva, Tel: +4122 7166967, Email:

The University of Geneva is seeking a Professor of Egyptology, a full time position, with 6 hours of courses and seminars per week, spread over the BA and MA programs of the department of Antiquity Studies- Candidates should have research and teaching experience in languages, literature, and civilization of ancient Egypt, an interdisciplinary approach, one or more domains of specializations likely to attract students. Teaching is in French. The candidate will de called upon to develop at the national and international level research in his domains of specialization and to direct the work of students. A doctorate in letters is required or its equivalent. For September 2008 entry. Applications should be sent before 30 September 2007, accompanied by a letter of motivation, copies of curriculum vitae and publications, to: Faculty des Lettres, Uni-Bastions, 5, rue de Candolle, CH 1211 Geneve 4.


Dupont, Geneva, is seeking a Medical Nurse who will take part in the Helth Services Team under the direction of the company medical doctor at Dupont Geneva and will provide medical services for the employees at the Geneva site, which has over 700 staff located in the administrative complex in Grand-Sacconnex and the European Technical Center in Meyrin. The Medical Nurse will carry out medical examinations and provide support in occupational health subjects, and make decisions in emergencies when the company doctor is absent. The candidate should be an accredited nurse with a diploma from a nursing school and be fluent in English and French, with 3-5 years of experience in Occupational Health or Public Health, have a balanced and open personality, and be able to cope with pressure with minimum guidance. Applicants should apply directly online via: under the career section.

Les Lauriers, a private clinic in Geneva, is seeking an experienced nurse (80%-100%), with experience working with old people. The candidate should have a diploma, preferably with a geriatric specialty, and have office computer skills. Candidates should send their applications with photograph to Etablissement Médico Social, 7 rue Veyrassat, 1202 Geneva.

Marketing and Communications

The International Council on Human Rights in Geneva is seeking a Program Administrator, who has at least 3 years of experience with monitoring expenditure, organizing meetings, managing address systems, and is at ease with computer tools and programs. Excellent written and spoken English is required and fluent French is desirable. Information can be obtained from or c.v.s/applications sent to Patrick Cattan at

The International Council on Human Rights in Geneva is seeking a Communications Assistant with 3-5 years of experience and fluent in written and spoken English, with French or another major language. Experience in producing presentations, slide shows, catalogues, hard copy mailings, and marketing publications. The candidate should be organized, detail-oriented, and creative, and have strong skills in communications, like website creation, e-communication, and database management. Information can be obtained from or c.v.s/applications sent to Mariette Grange at

The Ringier Media Corporation, Lausanne is seeking a Key Account Manager to develop their advertising business in the French-speaking regions of Switzerland. Ringier publishes L’Hebdo, L’illustré, TV8, and other publications and now employs 230 people. The candidate should be between 25-45 years old, and have strong experience in advertising and sales, at ease in the world of fashion and luxury, as well as the financial world. Applicants should send their CVs with a motivation letter and salary requirements by email to : or by mail to Ringier SA, Département publicité + R&D, Patrick Zanello, CP 7249, 1002 Lausanne.

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Swiss Residency and Health Insurance

Posted on 07 February 2007 by info

New residents in Switzerland discover that there are two cartel scams that are nearly impossible to avoid. First, residents will inevitably become victims of the TV monopoly scam (own a TV ? You pay $30/month to grease the palms of the National network, whether or not you ever dream of watching their programs).

And second, there is the Health Insurance Scam. It is highly unlikely you will be able to avoid it. It works like this: Residents must have a health insurance policy and they Must buy this health insurance from one of a number of ‘designated’ companies, which essentially form a cartel, offering exiguous, ineffectual coverage for annually increasing rates, and subject to essentially no oversight.

These companies have set up a lobby group to which they all contribute called ‘Santesuisse.’ This organization –dedicated to the financial health of these big insurance companies and their directors’ million-dollar salaries– periodically issues proclamations that health costs have skyrocketed, calling on data and statistics which they invariably refuse to submit to public scrutiny. The various cartel members then proceed to announce their premium increases based on the ‘neutral information’ they have received from this impartial body. Residents have no choice but to pay because it is illegal NOT to contract a basic health insurance policy with one of the cartel members. You cannot instead contract a more comprehensive policy, which may well be half the price, from a British or French or other international insurer; you will be forced to additionally subscribe to one of the gangmember’s insurance policies.

The Health Insurance Cartel is therefore an additional living expense of Swiss residency which newcomers need to take into consideration. It amounts to a monthly tax of roughly CHF 400 since you may need to seek more competent coverage elsewhere.

On March 11, the Swiss will vote on whether to set up a national health plan, thereby taking this lucratice monopoly out of the hands of the Health Insurance Cartel. Despite the obvious intelligence of removing this essential public service from the venal claws of unscrupulous private companies, the outcome is looking very uncertain.

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