Achieving higher wages by changing jobs – also factors in salary expectations

According to the recently published employment barometer from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the employment rate in Switzerland has risen by 1.9 percent compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

The study is cited by the news website (archiviert) (link in german) as showing that companies particularly in the watchmaking and IT industries will, once again, slightly increase their staff numbers in the coming quarter, or at least keep them the same. In tandem with the employment barometer, the FSO also published the results of the Swiss Labour Force Survey SLFS. According to the survey, more than one in four employed people between the ages of 15 and 24 had changed jobs between 2010 and 2011. The rate for job changes within the same company is highest among 25-39 year-olds. Salaries played a central role here, as, according to the SLFS study, a change in jobs generally leads to a salary increase of at least 10 percent.

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