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Jobs in Switzerland Demand Longer Commuting Time

Posted on 05 September 2008 by Mr Bureau

The lives of businessmen at work in Switzerland are no longer as simple as they once were. Between rushing to the airport, plane travel, long taxi rides, endless meetings and business lunches, career executives and businessmen in Switzerland must increasingly hunt for time to accomplish their basic daily tasks like reading their email, making phone calls and negotiating contracts.

According to analysts, the number of nomadic workers traveling internationally will rise from 800,000,000 currently to over a billion in 2011.

Switzerland has not escaped the trend toward increasing travel requirements in the workplace: the number of workers in Switzerland taking flights from Swiss airports has gone up roughly 10% between 2006 and 2007 to reach almost 16 million travelers. While a part of this traffic is simple tourism, the large part is comprised of business travelers.

The phenomenon of increasingly travel as a component of work in Switzerland has resulted in a greater levels of stress among the executives and professionals working in Switzerland. Specialized centers are cropping up to cater to the need among traveling workers to release this accumulated stress.

The Worldwide rent-an-office chain Regus has noted that businessmen are increasingly pressed to accomplish their tasks in increasingly unfavorable conditions. One common sign of this is the businessman with his laptop computer posed on his knees in the middle of an airport departure lounge or frenetic telephone calls made from rushing taxis.

The employment market in Switzerland is international, with Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Lausanne home to many large multinational companies. Cities such as Geneva have been chosen as European or occasionally world headquarters by many Fortune 500 companies.

Despite the turmoil on global financial markets and the slowdown in the European economies, with the resulting increase in joblessness, Switzerland’s has economy has so far remained robust with very low unemployment and booming luxury industries, private banking, and technology sectors.

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Swiss Epidermic Reaction to Migrant German Labor

Posted on 21 March 2007 by Sprecher

A wave of emigration is taking place from Germany, where unemployment is high, to the clement lands of the German-speaking parts of Switzerland, where unemployment is very low and the demand for skilled labor is high.

The regions of Basel and Zurich are the most strongly affected.

In stark contrast to previous waves of economic immigration from other countries, the phenomenon of Germans seeking work in Switzerland is creating social repercussions of its own because the Germans tend to find employment in technical, research, medical, financial, and managerial fields.

The cultural differences between the German-speaking Swiss and their German neighbors is such that the Swiss are reacting negatively to aspects of the German’s behavior. The Swiss have started referring to the German arrivals as “Schwoobe.”

Germans tend to be loud and boisterous, which annoy the sedate and discrete Swiss.
Also, the arrival of Germans in the Swiss-German labor market in positions of authority is something the Swiss are less used to. Previous waves of immigrants to the Zurich area (for example from Italy) were primarily in subordinate laboring fields.

The Germans’ manner of bringing conflicts into the open or stating their opinion directly and confrontationally if highly unwelcome in Switzerland, where attitudes and behavior at work is highly consensual.

Further, the generalized attitude among Germans that the Swiss are slow and placid workers doe not help the situation.

The fact remains that in the Basel and Zurich agglomerations there are numerous employment and career opportunities across the technical, research, health and hospital, private banking, and executive fields; the economy is strong and the qualified labor pool is insufficient.

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