EOR contractor: How to be successful in Switzerland? In 2008, « Carrying Salarial » was declared an economic development tool by the Grand Conseil of Geneva. Since then, this practice has largely developed and professionalized throughout Switzerland and has great potential for development. However, setting up a branch or subsidiary in the land of watches and chocolate is time-consuming, costly and complex. With SKALIS (EOR), it is not necessary to create an entity to expand abroad. We help companies from all industries to expand internationally, including Switzerland. Thanks to our recognized expertise in the field of recruitment, we provide your company with everything it needs to start its expansion in just a few days.


EOR contractor: How to be successful in Switzerland?


Labor law in Switzerland

In Switzerland, labor laws are very strict. Proud of their historical neutrality and their tradition of saving to ensure future material prosperity, Swiss workers are very strict. Punctuality, honesty, modesty… In Switzerland, work is a serious matter. Management tends to be formal and meetings are supposed to be efficient and goal-oriented. Humor and counter discussions are very much frowned upon in meetings. Learning a country’s culture and adopting its decorum is no easy task. SKALIS (EOR) can also help you with all these small but important details.


EOR contractor: How to be successful in Switzerland?


Employment contracts in Switzerland :

Switzerland is considered one of the countries with the highest wages and salaries. As you may have noticed, working in Switzerland is not taken lightly. We strongly recommend that you provide all employees with a formal employment agreement. These should include all relevant details of the employment agreement, such as salary, annual leave and termination terms. Swiss francs must be used for salaries. If you partner with SKALIS (EOR), our team of experts can help you draft solid employment agreements that comply with local regulations.


Working time in Switzerland :

Working hours range from 45 to 50 hours per week and vary depending on the category of employee. In practice, however, the standard workweek for most employees is around 40 hours. Overtime is compensated at a rate at least 25% higher or compensated by time off. The exact conditions are usually specified in each employment contract.


Vacation in Switzerland

Swiss law provides all employees with paid annual leave. The law sets the minimum leave at four weeks per year. Some employers may choose to offer more, or employees may negotiate more on an individual basis.
Regarding sick leave, the employer must provide the employee with up to three weeks of paid sick leave during the first year of employment (depending on the canton). The employee must provide a medical certificate if absent for more than three consecutive days. After one year, the duration of paid sick leave for an employee depends on the canton, length of service and other conditions. As for parental leave, fathers are not entitled to paid paternity leave in Switzerland, but some companies offer an allowance as part of their benefits package. Mothers, for their part, are entitled to paid maternity leave, provided they have been continuously employed by a single employer for at least three months and have paid social security contributions for a certain period.

In all cantons except Geneva, mothers can take 14 weeks after the birth of their child, 80% of which is paid. In Geneva, the benefit is 16 weeks. Their professional role is also protected for 26 weeks after the birth of their child. Mothers are also entitled to special payments to protect their health by avoiding, for example, physical labor, night work, etc.


Holidays in Switzerland

Workers in Switzerland are entitled to a national holiday (the national holiday celebrated on August 1), but the different cantons also have their own holidays for residents. The most common holidays are New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day.


The notice of termination in Switzerland :

The length of the notice period that must be given to employees before dismissal depends on the length of employment:
● Up to one year of employment: one month’s notice.
● Between two and nine years: two months’ notice.
● Ten years or more: three months’ notice.
For employees in the probationary period, the notice period is at least seven days. Severance pay is not required by law.

For companies expanding abroad for the first time, it can be complicated to arrange layoffs and severance pay. SKALIS (EOR) helps you reduce the risks and guides you through this process.


EOR contractor: How to be successful in Switzerland?


Why expand to Switzerland with SKALIS (EOR)?

Expanding your business in Switzerland is a very good idea. Provided you do so with SKALIS (EOR). In fact, we offer employment agency services (EOR) for clients who want to hire employees and handle payroll without having to establish a branch or subsidiary in Switzerland.


Here is what SKALIS (EOR) can offer you:

● Fast market entry: With SKALIS (EOR) you can search, hire and integrate skilled workers throughout Switzerland within a few days.
● Cost-effective expansion: With our EOR solution for payroll providers, you can save a lot of money (time and money!).
● Legal and HR support: we ensure that employment contracts are fully compliant and adhere to Swiss labor law and best practices. We provide all the legal advice required in the country for employee acquisition, employment contract renewal and termination, benefits distribution and HR compliance, as well as local expertise in tax, legal and financial matters.