Working in Switzerland

Switzerland has one of the world’s strongest and most competitive economies. It is world-renowned in fields such as training, research and innovation, as well as for its industrial and service sector companies. Switzerland’s numerous small and medium-sized enterprises, which focus on niche strategies, regularly score top marks in innovation, adding to the country’s attraction as an economic hub. Stable economic and political conditions are further factors that contribute to the appeal of the Swiss employment market.

Switzerland has a dual system for the admission of foreign workers.

  • Workers from the EU/EFTA States have easier access to the Swiss employment market, thanks to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons
  • Only a limited number of workers are admitted from non-EU/EFTA States, primarily management level employees, specialists and other qualified employees.

On this page you can find information about working in Switzerland if you are from an EU/EFTA state.

You can also find information on the admission requirements for nationals from non-EU/EFTA states or how you can gain valuable experience as a young professional trainee in Switzerland.

If you have applied for asylum in Switzerland, been recognised as a refugee or been granted temporary admission, you can find helpful information on these pages about finding a job and other aspects of working life in Switzerland.

Last modification 08.02.2021

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