From which states may I recruit personnel?
Nationals of EU-27 and EFTA states have complete freedom of movement. They can be recruited without any problem by Swiss employers because EU-27 and EFTA nationals have unrestricted access to the Swiss labour market.
Specific conditions have to be fulfilled in the case of individuals from all other states (Croatia and third countries) before they can be granted access to the labour market.
Conditions that may apply: priority for nationals, conditions for salary and employment, personal qualifications and quotas.
What does the term precedence mean?
The precedence for domestic employees means that foreigners can only be admitted to take up gainful employment if it can be proven that no qualified worker can be found who is already on the domestic or European labour market.
Employees on the domestic labour market: Swiss nationals, permanent foreign residents, foreign nationals with residence permits permitting gainful employment.
European employees: EU/EFTA nationals not resident in Switzerland.
What is meant by salary and employment conditions customary for the location, profession and sector?
For more details about salaries customary for the location, profession and sector consult the Salary calculator of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (Salarium) or the "Lohnbuch des Kantons Zürich" (Author Philipp Mülhauser) (German).
Up to now our candidate for the position has worked in another canton. May we nevertheless send the Application to change employment to the Canton of Zurich?
No, in this case application must be made to the canton which issued the original work permit.
Then an application can be sent to us with the appropriate documents (the written approval of the first canton). We then check whether the requirements for taking up employment in the Canton of Zurich are fulfilled.
Our new employee has “only” been issued a short-term residence permit. Why has this type of permit been issued?
No general answer can be given to this question because the decision to issue either a residence permit or a short-term residence permit depends on the individual application and the specific circumstances presented in the application.
Which zones are deemed border zones for a cross border commuter permit?
The border zones around Switzerland are as listed below:
- Basel-Stadt and Basel-Land;
- the districts Moutier and Wangen in the Canton of Berne;
- the district of Delémont in the Canton of Jura;
- Aargau, excluding the district of Muri;
- Zurich, excluding the districts of Affoltern and Horgen;
- St. Gallen;
- Appenzell I.Rh. and A.Rh.
Is it possible to work in the Canton of Zurich with an L permit (short-term residence permit; family reunification)?
Persons who enter the country in the family reunification process who have a short-term residence permit are not entitled to work. Taking up employment requires a work permit. The application for the work permit has to be handed in by the employer.
The following conditions apply:
- Conditions for salary and employment (Art. 22 AIG)
- Personal qualifications (Art. 23 AIG)