Home to two of the top ten pharmaceutical companies worldwide, more than 250,000 people are employed in the drug industry, and the sector turns over in excess of $100bn per year. In addition to being at the forefront of R+D in biotech and engineering and knowledge intensive fields, Switzerland is also home to some of the largest, most renowned banks in the world and a larger than normal proportion of international organisations, most notably the United Nations, the Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee.
Switzerland has a reputation for its restrictive immigration policy, something that in reality is something of a myth. With more than 900,000 EU citizens and an estimated total of 1.1 million foreign nationals living and working in Switzerland, almost one in four positions is held by a non-Swiss person. Switzerland is also committed to the free movement of people as set out by the eponymous agreement with the EU dated 1999.
For further information on how to go about finding a job in Switzerland and any practical aspects of relocating, we have provided links to a few websites that are helpful and a good starting point. Alternatively, get in touch with your Hays Life Sciences consultant who will be more than happy to assist you.
- Download an excellent brochure on EU nationals in Switzerland here (PDF)
- Read more about how to live and work in Switzerland on this website
- This website is another good resource for people wishing to emigrate to Switzerland
If you would like to find out more about job opportunities in Switzerland, and for an informal discussion, please contact Hays Life Sciences.