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Coalface The ‘tough and dirty’ business of the last charcoal burners

In the heart of central Switzerland only nine charcoal burners still produce charcoal by hand. Farmer Markus Wicki is one of them.

Over-60s inmates Nursing home behind prison bars

Inside a '60-plus' prison in Switzerland - a 'laboratory' for the humane incarceration of older inmates.

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gender equality Big firms required to publish gender pay gap in 2021

Large companies in Switzerland will have to analyse wages of men and women starting in 2020 and make the audited results available to staff in 2021.

This content was published on August 21, 2019 12:03 PM

Vocational training competition Swiss put their professional skills to the test

How do you prepare for an international vocational skills competition?

Inside ‘On’ shoes The making of a Swiss footwear multinational

Swiss footwear company On is making a name for itself in an industry that has been dominated by big players like Nike. What makes it different?

Work survey Nine out of ten Swiss are satisfied with their job

The vast majority of Swiss people enjoy going to work. In a survey, 87% said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their job. 

This content was published on August 19, 2019 9:45 AM

business model How one Swiss circus has kept flying high

Circus Monti earns its living not with flying acrobats or dancing animals but with a diversified business model.

social security Federal Court rules foreigners abroad not entitled to work reintegration benefits

The Federal Court has ruled that foreigners who worked in Switzerland but are currently living abroad are not entitled to work reintegration benefits.

This content was published on July 31, 2019 3:09 PM

Mobilisation and parliament elections The power and limitations of the women’s strike

Decentralisation was one reason for the unusually strong turnout at the Swiss women's strike on June 14. But what are the weaknesses of this approach?

ageing societies Half a million Swiss jobs vacancies predicted in ten years

Retiring baby-boomers and a shifting job market could mean a shortfall of up to 500,000 workers in Switzerland over the next decade, UBS forecasts.

This content was published on July 11, 2019 12:00 PM

labour market EU immigration not bad for Swiss jobs, says economics ministry

Immigration from the EU remained stable last year and had a minimal impact on Swiss salaries, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs reports.

This content was published on July 1, 2019 11:57 AM