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Old 10.05.2015, 22:04
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It is a monthly rent for a Zurich appartment
Not many Swiss farm workers live in a Zurich apartment, though.
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thanks for your reply. I know that accommodation and food is supplied. My questions are what type of accommodation are you provided with?

i.e. do you share a sleeping room with others
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do you have your own sleeping room

Food:
Are you provided with cooked meals
or you provided with food and have to cook yourself

I have never spoken to a worker on a Farm in Switzerland so that is why I am asking?

Back to your question yes I do know people on the money you earn before the deductions for accommodation and food & they manage the best way they can.

I know people on less money as they do not have a job 100%. They are reliant to a large degree on help with accommodation through family or friends.

A female Swiss friend, age 35+ has been unsuccessful in recent years finding a full time job. At one time she moved in to live with her mother. Then later moved in with her uncle and aunt in another part of Switzerland. She has one part time job and is constantly looking for either another part time job or a full time job. Her situation has been like that for a few years.

There are people unemployed or working part time in Switzerland.

There are also people who earn 100K+ a year, as is the case in other countries.
Accomondation depends on the number of people that work in the farm. Usually, there is on or more rooms where employees sleep, and employers (a single pair, pair with children, etc) sleep in another room. If you are the only employee, probably you will have your own room. If you are 2-3 employees, probably you ll sleep in one big room.
Food is usually cooked by employers lady and it is the same for all.
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Not many Swiss farm workers live in a Zurich apartment, though.
However, this is an indicator.
In any country you can think, there is a relationship beteween average rent of capital city and salaries of simple farmworkers. My opinion is that salaries are higher than average rent.
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Old 10.05.2015, 22:27
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Accomondation depends on the number of people that work in the farm. Usually, there is on or more rooms where employees sleep, and employers (a single pair, pair with children, etc) sleep in another room. If you are the only employee, probably you will have your own room. If you are 2-3 employees, probably you ll sleep in one big room.
Food is usually cooked by employers lady and it is the same for all.
That appears like you are part of a small group.

What I have noticed in Canton Thurgau, are larger farms, possibly seasonal workers, where there are many more farm workers. Have seen many foreign cars if it was early in the morning. I assumed there must have been some sort of large communial living facilities for them, but have no idea.
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Re: Farm worker

So, which part of the country would you be in?

At the end of the day, you either take the job or you don't- it is not a high salary, especially if you have experience (how old are you?)- but it is certainyl a way to get into the country, improve your German and see how things are- which could then lead to a better job later.

With 1000s of applicants from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and East European countries- those farmers, and other employers- can offer low wages. Not fair, most will agree, but just the way it is (been the same from the 50s when 1000s of Italians came, then the Spanish and the Portuguese). Hope it all works out.
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Re: Farm worker

Raised on a farm myself.

No way any Irish farmer could afford to pay those kind of workers rates - so I think for unskilled farm labour that is very decent money.
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So, which part of the country would you be in?

At the end of the day, you either take the job or you don't- it is not a high salary, especially if you have experience (how old are you?)- but it is certainyl a way to get into the country, improve your German and see how things are- which could then lead to a better job later.

With 1000s of applicants from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and East European countries- those farmers, and other employers- can offer low wages. Not fair, most will agree, but just the way it is (been the same from the 50s when 1000s of Italians came, then the Spanish and the Portuguese). Hope it all works out.
You said exactly what i am thinking for.
However, there are some things that make me have some hesitations about the value of such a move. First of all, you are closed to the farm for the whole day, so there is not much connection with outside world. Second, i dont know if it is really the best way for someone to work his language skills. And the third, after work finishes, you will be in a position to leave the country, or to move to a city, rent a house there, find a job etc, with many possibilities to stay unemploeyd for long time, as i read here for some people.
But the main reason i hesitate is the salary, because you have to work for many hours (14h/day) every day, to take the same money that takes a simple employee in any simple job in the city, with 8h/5 days work

To give you an example, in Greece, under the same conditions, farmes make more money than a simple saler in a big store, or a cashier in a supermarket, accomondation included.

That is the reason i open the thread. How much do a 25yo girl make as a cashier in Lindl;
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Raised on a farm myself.

No way any Irish farmer could afford to pay those kind of workers rates - so I think for unskilled farm labour that is very decent money.
Income of an Irish farmer is not the same with a Switzerland farmer...
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Income of an Irish farmer is not the same with a Switzerland farmer...
Swiss German language skills of an Irish/immigrant farm worker are not the same (in Switzerland) as those of a native either.

It's a competitive market as someone said earlier - tons of Poles (say) who will and do work harder without grumbling than many other nationalities.
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