We are delighted to share some exciting news, highlighting Switzerland’s continued appeal as a hub for international businesses.
Over the past quarter, we have witnessed a handful of companies choosing Switzerland as their preferred location for setting up their global/regional offices. One of the key factors contributing to this trend is Switzerland’s tax environment, boasting some of the lowest profit and capital tax rates in the country.
Additionally, Switzerland offers an exceptional level of political and financial stability, fostering an environment conducive to long-term economic growth. Furthermore, individuals can benefit from attractive tax rates, positioning Switzerland as an alluring place to live. We anticipate that this positive momentum will continue, solidifying Switzerland's reputation as a premier destination for international business expansion.
In this edition of the newsletter, we would like to shed light on the thriving recruitment landscape in Switzerland and the advantages it offers to businesses operating in the Finance sector.
One remarkable aspect of Switzerland is its ability to attract top talent. We have witnessed a notable trend of highly skilled professionals choosing Switzerland as their preferred destination, drawn by the country's robust economy, excellent quality of life, and strong emphasis on work-life balance.
Moreover, Switzerland's geographical advantage in the heart of Europe makes it an appealing choice for professionals considering relocation. The central location provides easy access to a variety of global industries and allows businesses to tap into a diverse talent pool.
At EMEA Recruitment, we have capitalized on these advantages to supply top talent to our clients. By leveraging Switzerland's appeal, we have successfully sourced exceptional candidates, ensuring a streamlined and cost-effective recruitment process.
If you’d like to find out more about how we can support you, please get in touch with Associate Director, Annie Gosnell: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swiss population has voted to introduce statutory paternity leave, as part of a package of new measures. But is now the right time to prioritise fathers’ rights?
On 27th September 2020, statutory paternity leave of two weeks was put to a national vote. It covers 80% of a biological father’s earnings if claimed within the first six months of childbirth. It is estimated to cost CHF230m per year (£195m), with the money taken from the social security system, funded in equal parts by employers and employees.
Although Switzerland sits at the bottom of the table when it comes to paternity leave in Europe – at just two to three days under the code of obligations – Swiss People’s Party politician Michele Moor believes it is too “costly and superfluous” to introduce a two-week statutory paternity leave at a time of “severe economic crisis”.
He also takes a biological approach to his opposition, insisting that “laws of nature must be accepted”. However, he does appreciate that fathers may want to spend time with their newborns, as he claims men should use their “holiday time – which could not be put to better use than in the first year of a child’s life”.
Maya Graf, a Green Party Senator, focuses more on the need to improve fathers’ rights and adapt to a “modern society”.
“Switzerland is an outlier in Europe,” she has claimed. Graf believes that a two-week statutory paternity leave will “give fathers equal rights and reduce the risk to mothers’ careers”.
60% of the Swiss population voted in favour of statutory paternity leave, which mirrors EMEA Recruitment’s own findings.
When we conducted a poll on LinkedIn of 725 professionals about a month ago, 82% of respondents said that statutory paternity leave in Switzerland should be longer than the proposed two weeks. Just 2% said it should be shorter, while another 2% believe it shouldn’t be introduced at all. 14% said two weeks is the right amount.
Moor claims that introducing paid leave will “not add to the equality of the sexes”.
He makes a point that it will not eliminate the “unacceptable disparity in pay between men and women”, although Graf argues that statutory paternity leave will “counter labour shortages” and allow “both parents to participate from the start, with housework and childcare duties”.
Graf’s argument will ring true with a lot of Swiss women, who are expected to give up their careers when they have children and stay at home.
Aside from Moor’s concerns over the “expansion of the welfare state”, paternity leave doesn’t seem the most pressing issue when it comes to family life and gender equality in Switzerland.
At 14 weeks, maternity leave is at the lower end of the scale. More importantly, there is no job protection after the return to work, which can leave women vulnerable to redundancy in the event they choose to return part-time. Childcare is expensive, the school day is relatively short and does not tend to cover lunchtimes.
All of these are factors which contribute to a mere 41% of women working full-time, by contrast with 82% of men. By extension, this leads to 64% of managerial positions being occupied by men.
As a father who lived in Switzerland during the births of two children, one of our former colleagues, Mark Dowsett, agreed that statutory paternity leave should be introduced. However, he is concerned that bigger issues could have been addressed first.
Switzerland has lots of catching up to do when it comes to women’s roles within the family, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to keep up to date with fathers’ rights, too.
Switzerland has maintained its place at the top of the Human Development Index in 2019, ranked in 2nd place behind only Norway for the second year running, and ahead of Ireland, Germany and Hong Kong.
According to SwissInfo, the list, released by the United Nations Development Programme, measures progress in three areas of human development: a long and healthy life, which is measured by life expectancy, access to knowledge, measured by mean years of education per capita and a decent standard of living, calculated through gross national income (GNI) per capita.
Even by the high standards set by other countries in the “very high human development group”, such as the United States, which stands in 15th place, Switzerland still remains above average, seeing a 6.1 years increase in life expectancy, 3.7 years increase in mean time spent in education and a GNI per capita increase of 20% between 1990 and 2018.
However, it’s not fantastic news for everyone, as the UN Development Programme has warned global inequality levels are being affected by new factors, with broadband adoption rates and adult tertiary education rates being astronomically higher among those in countries with very high human development than their less developed counterparts.
In very highly developed nations such as Switzerland, with the ever-increasing percentage of individuals in jobs requiring tertiary education and rising GNI per capita, the likelihood for absenteeism and low productivity due to stress and work related mental-health issues has never been higher. The negative outcomes that this can have on both employees’ wellbeing and organisations in terms of hours lost, means that we must take great responsibility and put steps in place to prioritise corporate wellbeing, in order to secure a beneficial outcome for all.
EMEA Recruitment have recognised this and we are currently in the process of planning exciting events in 2020 around the topic of Corporate Wellbeing. We look forward to telling you more in the New Year!
To read the original article by SwissInfo, ‘Switzerland keeps a top slot in human development’, click here