working in switzerland

working in switzerland

Working conditions

  • Usual working time in Switzerland: 42 hours per week.
  • Holidays: At least 4 weeks per year.
  • The following days are general holidays: 1st and 2nd of January, Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, Pentecost Monday, 1st of August, 25th and 26th of December. Most of the cantons have some additional holidays.
  • It depends on your contract if overtime is disbursed or can be compensated.
  • Look at our salary section which salary you can expect.
  • The following information must be written in your work contract: salary, weekly working time, holidays, organisation of overtime.

Work permit

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Diploma recognition

  • Human, dental and veterinary medicine and pharmacy: The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH is responsible for the recognition of foreign diplomas as well as for postgraduate titles in the medical sector. They can tell you if and under which condition you are admitted as a practising specialist in this sector. 
  • Other university degrees: Swiss ENIC provides information on the recognition of qualifications.
  • If you hold a foreign academic diploma and you wish to make a PhD or a postdoc at a Swiss university, contact the university of your choice directly. For further information, see our sections PhD in Switzerland, postdoc in Switzerland and professor in Switzerland.
  • Postgraduate courses, continuing education or language courses are regarded as further professional training and cannot be evaluated. In the absence of quality standards, such courses are in general not recognized academically or professionally.

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