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basic costs

hi all
pls let me know what a gardener costs per hour in zurich.
also a handy man to do odd jobs. oh yes and how much is a
dog walker per hour too?
pls dont send german links, im on here as i don't speak or understand german. thanx all and enjoy this superb weather.
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Re: basic costs

Assuming that you are looking for someone working legally - meaning either a company, self-employed, or someone you take on as your own employee - and based on what I have seen in SZ, bearing in mind regional differences:

A gardening firm likely will charge in the range of CHF 60-150 per hour, depending on whether the gardener is skilled/has completed his education (gelernt). This should include the cost of use of his equipment, and disposal of garden waste.

Someone self-employed is probably pretty close CHF 75-ish. There may or may not be additional costs relating to the use of his equipment, and to disposal of garden waste.

Someone you employ yourself would likely be paid in the range of CHF 30-60 per hour, depending on what needs done. You will also pay the social insurances and taxes - and pay for garden waste disposal. And possibly supply the equipment yourself.

The cost of a handyman will also depend on whether that person is self-employed or acting as your employee. Probably in the range of CHf 50-100 per hour, depending on the job, equipment, etc. If you are hiring someone as your employee you pay social insurances and taxes.

A dog walker runs in the range of CHF 25-100 per hour for walks, depending on the needs of your dog and the laws of supply and demand. ( ) Be aware that commercial dog care is regulated in CH; depending on the business model, a dog walker may need to have taken certain education courses and to be registered with the cantonal veterinary authority.

The law is new, many people - carers and clients alike - don't understand this new law, and are actually working/hiring illegally.

Again please note that there will be regional differences in costs.

I know you don't want German links, but here's one well worth filing away for once you've learned a little of the lingo:


This is a fantastic idea - a portal to hire retired folks (Rentner) for the kinds of jobs you mention - and many more as well. Depending on services offered, many charge in the CHF 25-50 range. These are folks with a lifetime's skill and experience behind them, just looking to work a little bit here and there in retirement. Each person lists languages spoken in his/her dossier - including English.

Not only might you save a bit, but you'll likely meet some very interesting folks. I love this site - fills a need on all sides.

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