Working environment

Working in Europe | Taxation/salaries, Work permit | Switzerland

Work permit

Switzerland has a dual system for the admission of foreign workers. Gainfully employed nationals from EU/EFTA States can benefit from agreements on the free movement of persons. Only a limited number of management level employees, specialists and other qualified employees are admitted from all other countries.

Information for Citizens of EU/EFTA countries

Information for Citizens of non-EU/EFTA countries


The principle of equal pay for women and men is enshrined in the Federal Constitution and in the Gender Equality Act. Both sexes must be equally compensated for equal and equivalent work. Contact the Federal Office of Gender Equality for information on what you need to do in the event of discrimination in the matter of pay.






Persons granted asylum or temporarily admitted as refugees are permitted to engage in gainful employment.


Open access / Open science

The aim of Open Access is to make scientific and scholarly literature and materials freely accessible to all internet users.


Gender and diversity

Switzerland has established two national equal opportunity of women and men (gender equality) programmes.