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2014 Survey Results

This quarterly survey is an indicator of hiring activity for the next quarter. The forecast includes responses from over 65,000 employers in 41 countries and covers the world's major labour markets.

The survey has been running for nearly 50 years and is one of the most trusted surveys of employment activity in the world. It's unique in its size, scope, longevity and area of focus.


Q4 2014 – Key Findings



The key findings of the Q4 2014 survey include:

  • The Swiss hiring pace is expected to continue its positive momentum in the next quarter with the Net Employment Outlook at +3%
  • Hiring outlooks are favourable on almost all sectors of industry
  • Employers in the Construction industry reports the most favourable results since 2010
  • Following a positive outlook in Central Switzerland for 5 consecutive quarters, the current outlook shows negative hiring prospects for the region. 
  • In contrast, Northwest Switzerland has rebounded and shows the strongest Net Employment Outlook of +14%.

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Q3 2014 – Key Findings


The key findings of the Q3 2014 survey include:

  • The Swiss hiring pace is expected to remain positive in the next quarter with the Net Employment Outlook at +3%
  • Expectations are more modest compared to last quarter as employers exercise caution
  • Central Switzerland shows the most optimistic hiring intentions for the 5th consecutive quarter
  • The following industries expect to see an increase in staffing levels in the next 3 months: Wholesale & Retail Trade, Finance and Public & Social sectors. 

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Q2 2014 – Key Findings



The key findings of the Q2 2014 survey include:

  • The national employment outlook  is optimistic at +5%, which is the strongest result recorded in Switzerland since Q2 2012
  • There is a growing confidence among employers which is boosting prospect for job seekers
  • Central Switzerland shows the strongest year-on-year improvement with a Net Employment Outlook of +15%
  • Employers in 7 out of 10 sectors expect to see an increase in their staff levels in the coming quarter.

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Q1 2014 - Key Findings


The key findings of the Q1 2014 survey include:

  • The national employment outlook is stable at 0%, which represents an increase of 3 percentage points since last quarter
  • The solid domestic situation and a degree of economic recovery in the Eurozone has resulted in increased confidence in the labour market 
  • Employers in Zürich report the most hiring prospects for Q1 2014 with a Net Employment Outlook of 4%
  • There's improved hiring prospects in Manufacturing which signal better times ahead for companies engaged in exporting.

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