swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

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High wages, long hours

The Swiss work a lot, an average of 41.7 hours a week for full-time employees in 2013. Full-time employees are entitled to leave of only 20 working days per year. This is less than in many other European countries. Public holidays vary from canton to canton, but there are generally 8 or 9.

In 2002 they voted against the introduction of the 36 hour week. In March 2012, they refused by popular vote and a two third majority to allow all workers a sixth week paid vacation.

Earnings

A survey of 71 cities round the world carried out by the Swiss bank UBS in 2012 showed both Zurich and Geneva offered higher net salaries but demanded a higher number of hours than did comparable cities across the world.

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