These professions where work is particularly in demand


Keystone / Laurent Gillieron

The barrier of 100,000 job openings was crossed for the first time in Switzerland. Catering, industry, nursing and personal care, IT: here is a list of the most sought after professions by Swiss companies and institutions.

This content was published on July 07, 2022 – 09:21

There are around 114,000 job openings in the Swiss economy. The information is from the Federal Statistical Office.external link (OFS) for the first three months of 2022. The least we can say is that the number of vacancies has increased significantly in one year: the difference between the first quarter of 2022 and the same period of 2021 is 60.4%. Thus, for the first time, the limit of 100,000 places was exceeded.

many reasonsexternal link explain this shortage, including the strong post-pandemic economic recovery and aging population. The 114 thousand unfilled vacancies concern both the secondary sector (27.8 thousand) and the tertiary sector (86.2 thousand).

Manufacturing industry: 19,300 jobs


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Industry is the activity sector with the most job vacancies. There are 60% more jobs to be filled than in the first quarter of 2021 and 30% more than in the same period of 2019, that is, before the pandemic. It should be noted, however, that this high value is also due to the fact that this category encompasses very vast economic activities, ranging from the agro-food industry to metallurgy, including work in textile or chemical factories (here we present a list of examplesexternal link🇧🇷

Technical and scientific professions: 16,200 vacancies


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There are 16,200 missing professionals in the real estate, science and technology areas. This group includes people involved in selling or renting real estate, legal work and accounting, as well as architects, engineers or researchers. Again, the year-on-year increase is 60%.

Health and personal care: 15,900 jobs


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There is a sector that has attracted foreign workers to Switzerland for decades: health and personal care. Indeed, there are around 16,000 vacancies in this branch, i.e. 62% more than in the same period of 2021 and 51% more than in 2019.

Shops and garages: 13,000 jobs


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Switzerland also lacks 13,000 workers in the auto and motorcycle retail and repair sectors. That’s a good 78% more than in 2021 (51% more than the same period the year before the coronavirus).

Hotels and restaurants: 10,600 jobs


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The branch with the greatest increase in terms of labor shortages, however, is the hotel and catering industry. Although tourism has resumed in Switzerland, there is a shortage of 10,600 workers in this type of service. Among waiters and waitresses, managers, cooks and cooks, cleaners, etc., the sector recorded a 221% increase in job vacancies compared to the same period in 2021.

Building: 7100 poles


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Construction is also suffering, with over 7,000 pairs of guns missing. In this sector, however, the increase is “only” 24% compared to the previous year.

IT and digital:


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Finally, there is another area of ​​activity that deserves to be highlighted. Although IT, programming, development, and – more broadly – digital skills are professions that fall under more than one of the categories officially used by the Federal Statistical Officeexternal link to compile employment data, they are all united by the fact that there is a lack of professionals to exercise them. This type of skill can indeed be attributed to people working in science professions, for example, as well as so-called intermediate technical professions (see the different definitions here).external link🇧🇷

Therefore, we do not dare to provide data that quantify the shortage of professionals in this field. What is certain is that their number is increasing and that – as shown by an analysis carried out by the employment agency Adecco – digital skills are increasingly sought after by employers for professions belonging to the most diverse.

How much do you earn?

Finally, it should not be forgotten that the fact that this list contains such varied professions is partly due to the evolution and needs of the market and partly to the fact that some jobs are physically more demanding and sometimes less well paid. The consequence is that they are less attractive. In this sense, the Confederation’s website has a platformexternal link where, as an indication, it is possible to calculate the average salary for a specific job (region, economic sector, group of professions, …) and according to the selected individual characteristics (age, training, years of service, . . . ).

Finally, for greater clarity on the definitions used for the various professions mentioned, it is possible to consult the official platform of the Swiss classification of professionsexternal link🇧🇷

Translated and adapted from Italian by Samuel Jaberg

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