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Well done keyboard warrior thats exactly the reply that makes people sick to death of using forums....
Go back, read my post and try again...they were EXAMPLES I have no intention of putting myself in a dangerous situation regardless of the face I've spent the last 10 years working on sites and can communicate enough in German to know not to lick the bulldozer.
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In genmeral building sites are theeoretically more controlled here than in the UK to avoid salary dumping. People who work on sites tend to be qualifed, unskilled labouring jobs are usualy done by the apprentices.
The fact you speak English and some German doesn't cut the ice, you'd be better off with Portuguese, Serb, Croat, Spanish, Italian, in that order and the common language for all of it is either German of French, which i understand will be no problem for you.
The sites are like anywhere else, run as a cartel and each promoter/site forman has his regulars and they tend not to mix them up too much as the Serbs and Croats tend to use pickaxes for every conceived use, especially on themselves.
You say you worked 10 years on sites so you're about 26-30 years old, i think you'll find it very hard to break into the building market, good luck if you manage.
Factories difficult, they are laying off rather than hiring at present. Metal working feasible but again economically speaking they too are having a hard time and so are releasing rather than hiring and as you have no job you're towards the bottom of the pile.
A lot of people think that not speaking the language they are prefectly acceptable to do a menial job, labouring, factory work, restaurants etc. It is exactly these jobs where you need language in order to be able to communicate succesfully and easily.
If you are CEO of Nestle, then people tend to use the language you wish to communicate in.
Work hard on your German and you stand far more chance. Lastly, don't forget Swiss are reasonably highly qualified, albeit in narrow fields, via the 3 or 4 year apprenticeship programe so "Jack of all trades" are not very common or useful here.
Sorry to prick your bubble and good luck with your search.