Switzerland – Job ad levels return to pre-pandemic growth rates in April, IT industry leads the way

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April 28, 2022

The number of job vacancies posted throughout Switzerland increased by 1.5% between March 2022 and April 2022, according to the latest Michael Page Swiss Job Index.

The 1.5% increase is in line with the average pre-Covid-19 increase for the period between March and April. French-speaking Switzerland led the way with announced job growth of 4.6% over the period. The German-speaking region, which has nine out of ten job vacancies, experienced a monthly growth rate of 1.1%.

The IT industry led the way in advertised job growth, followed by gastronomy which continues to benefit from the return to normal after the Covid-19 shutdowns. Supply chain issues increased demand for logistics and inventory planners, while first-quarter reporting requirements boosted demand for auditors, accountants and financial controllers.

Management support and administration roles continued to be in demand for a number of reasons, including the increasing return of employees and customers to offices as well as expanding regulatory requirements in many sectors.

Main job categories Monthly growth
(March 2022 – April 2022)
Year-over-year growth
(April 2021 – April 2022)
1. IT – Development and Testing Specialists +10.5% +45.2%
1. Gastronomy and hospitality specialists +7.4% +132.2%
1. Logistics and Inventory Planners +6.1% +52.8%
1. Auditors, accountants and financial controllers +4.1% +28.1%
1. Management support and administrators +2.9% +60.8%

Most regions saw positive growth in advertised vacancies. The Lake Geneva region recorded the strongest growth with respectively 4.4% and 41.1% on a monthly and annual basis.

Regions

Monthly growth

(March 2022 – April 2022)

Year-over-year growth
(April 2021 – April 2022)
lake geneva +4.4% +41.1%
Central +3.5% +41.8%
North +2.6% +33.5%
Middle +1.7% +41.8%
Zürich +0.7% +41.3%
East -1.3% +35.1%

“Skills shortages persist in many job categories, and we expect this to continue for some time. To attract and retain talent, employers must never lose an opportunity to communicate about the training and coaching they offer,” said Yannick Coulange, Managing Director of Page Group Switzerland.

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