What is the change?  Switzerland will extend job notification requirements to additional positions
beginning Jan. 1.

What does the change mean? Employers will have to advertise jobs that are subject to the notification requirement through Switzerland’s Public Employment Service for five days before other job candidates can access the job notifications. The jobs that will be added to the list in 2021 are largely in sale and marketing, the service industry and construction.

  • Implementation time frame: Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Who is affected: Swiss employers advertising occupations with 5% unemployment or higher.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will slow procedures for hiring non-Swiss nationals in some jobs.
  • Next steps: Employers can check whether a job opening needs to be advertised by using the “Check-Up 2021” tool, available here.

Background: Under a change that took effect Jan. 1, 2020, employers in Switzerland are required to advertise open jobs for occupations where unemployment exceeds 5%. Because of COVID-19, unemployment rose above 5% in a number of occupations in Switzerland. The jobs that will be added to the list in 2021 are:

  • Executives in sales and marketing
  • Technical salespeople (excluding information and communication technology)
  • Sales specialists (field staff, sales specialist)
  • Conference and event planners
  • Head chefs, deputy Head chefs and sous chefs
  • Cooks
  • Service chefs, service technicians in restaurants and bartenders
  • Cleaning and housekeeping managers; staff in offices, hotels and other facilities
  • Security service personnel
  • Roofers
  • Floor and tile workers
  • Welders and flame cutters
  • Metal polishers, cylindrical grinders and tool sharpeners
  • Workers in the watchmaking industry
  • Drivers (excluding truck drivers)
  • Construction machinery leaders
  • Fishing industry workers

Analysis & Comments: The advertising requirements are part of Switzerland’s ongoing efforts to promote Swiss workers, particularly in jobs with high unemployment. Because of COVID-19 the number of jobs subject to this requirement will increase in 2021. The changes will likely have minimal impact on employers in high-skilled industries, however.

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