Inländervorrang light- Préférence indigène light: What is it about?
Following the February 2014 voting against mass immigration, an arrangement was adopted, last December, to promote the workforce available in Switzerland versus workforce coming from aboard.
On June 16th 2017, the details of the law for the indigene preference light were settled.
Important here is to understand the way the word “indigene” is understood in the law deployment: It refers to anybody registered at the Swiss unemployment offices (ORP-RAV-URC depending on the language regions)
The principle is simple on paper: it aims to allow the offices of unemployment to have exclusive access, during a period of 5 days, to job openings concerning groups of profession, fields of activity or economic regions which register a national unemployment rate of at least 5%, for which employers will have the obligation to communicate the vacant positions to the regional employment offices.
During these 5 days, Swiss unemployment offices are expected to nominate people looking for work.
The entry into force is scheduled for January 1, 2018.
A few numbers:
At the end of July 2017, the total number of jobseekers registered at the regional unemployment offices was 195,223 persons, 133,926 persons were receiving unemployment financial compensation.
Switzerland has 130 Swiss unemployment offices.
In October 2017, the cantons with unemployment rates greater than or equal to 5% are: Neuchâtel – Geneva.
In October 2017, the economic branches with an unemployment rate of over 5% were: Leather, shoes- Watches – Hotels and restaurants.
In October 2017, the professions with unemployment rates in excess of 5% were: Sales and commercial roles – Hospitality and domestic support roles – Other Manufacturing and transformation roles.
In 2016, there were 10,583 vacancies announced to the Swiss unemployment offices.
It is estimated that around one million jobs are changing each year in Switzerland.
In October 2017, the national unemployment rate was 3%. In December 2009, the national unemployment rate reached 4.4%. In 1996-97, for 12 months, it has been higher than 5%.
What do you think?
Will the indigene preference law lead to the largest, fastest, most flexible and most in demand placement agency ever imagined?
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.