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Hi I work in IT in Basel and I started a contract on August 2st 2011 that ends on August 31st this year, working though a Swiss recruitment agency. (Although I'm a contractor being paid an hourly rate, an accountant told me that there's no such thing as "contractors" in Switzerland and I'm effectively an employee of the agency). The end client where I work wants to extend the contract until the end of 2012, so another 4 months. After this there may be more work but the client is unsure yet.
I'm planning to switch to another agent when this contract ends, as the one I'm currently with takes way too much of what I'm paid. As far as I understand there's nothing in my contract that says I can't continue working in the same client through another agency, and my manager in the client is ok with it as well.
So I'm wondering what I need to do and what I should watch out for - some questions:
- My current agency are deducting pension contributions every month. Can/should these be changed to the new agency? Is this something I can do or the new agency does?
- Even though I have a B permit (which I understand is normally for 5 years) the end date on the permit is 31 August 2012 for some reason. Will there be any issue for the new agency renewing my permit?
- As I have a mortgage at home I receive an ex-pat allowance of 1500 chf per month here. Will this be affected if I change agencies? (Also I'm reading about a wealth tax that's imposed on the value of any property a foreigner owns abroad - is this true??)
- I've heard that it's possible to receive social welfare payments at 75% of the last salary once a person has worked for 12 months. Would changing agencies have any effect on this?
If anyone can think of anything I'm missing or need to be aware of then I'd be happy to hear it...
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I suspect it's against your contract to do this.
Your pension will move to the new employer
You have a fixed contract so will have to get a new permit, if your from the EU it won't be an issue as you can even work for 90 days without a permit, you just need to be registered!
Unemployment pay is because you have paid insurance, you can have any no of employers.