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


If a certain salary was agreed on the signing of your employment contract, this represents the gross amount from which the social contributions are still to be deducted. These are:

  • Old-Age and Survivors’ Insurance (OASI), Disability Insurance (DI) and Income Loss Insurance: 5.275% of salary (no cap)

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI): 1.1% of salary (cap: CHF 148,200/year)

  • Occupational pension provision: approx. between 7 and 18% of regular salary, depending on the age of the insured person and the pension scheme

  • Non-occupational accident insurance: between 0.7 and 3.4% of the salary (ceiling of salary: CHF 148,200/year), depending on the branch.

Please note that, with the exception of non-occupational accident insurance, the employer pays an equal part to your own contribution for each item mentioned above.

In contrast, the compulsory contributions to health insurance do not form part of the social contributions. In effect, they do not depend on income but vary depending on the insurer, the place of residence and the form of insurance chosen.






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.