Reminder That Job Advertisement Threshold To Change From January 2020


Effective January 1, 2020, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 5% or above will have to test the Swiss labor market by advertising. The threshold has been 8% since the requirement was introduced in July 2018.

Employers can check which vacancies are currently affected with an online Check-Up tool.


The job posting can be waived in the following situations:

Change of position of an employee within the same employer, if he has already been employed by the employer for six months; Employing trainees after they have finished their apprenticeship with the same company; Employment for a maximum period of 14 days; Employment of close relatives if they are to succeed an authorized signatory of the company. How does it work?

Positions in these occupations have to be registered to the competent RAV (employment office) via the work swiss portal, or by email, phone or in person. The RAV advertises the position online for five days, during which time the employer may not advertise the position publicly. Within three days of publication of the job vacancy on Job-Room, the competent RAV contacts the reporting employer to put forward a list of jobseekers with a matching profile, or to notify them that none are available. The employer reviews the list sent over by the RAV and informs it which candidates it deems suitable and has invited to a job interview or an aptitude test, and whether a candidate has been employed. There is no obligation to state reasons, only to notify. After five days, the employer can advertise the position publicly. Consequences for employing EU / EFTA citizens

The job posting is not a precondition for...

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