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I am about to have a phone interview with a company called DUfry for an IT position. its a permanent position but i have no idea what a logical salary expectations would be? What is the rearly salary for that if you include accomodation, expenses and living expenses in Basel?

i would appreciate your help. i did some research on the Swiss immigration site and even some IT salary websites for Switzerland but could not find anything...

thanks in advance...
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Re: Working in Basel

Well, based on the meeting I had with a PersonalBeratung, for an IT position it varies depending upon your experience but if its your first job here in Switzerland, you might get an offer roughly around CHF7,000++ up to CHF8,500. But I could be wrong since my basis is the figure she gave me since I am also in the IT category.

But there are more experienced posters here than myself so I could be wrong with my response, but then again just here to help.
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Old 11.06.2007, 13:03
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We also need to know what realm of IT you're talking about, specialist positions like mine are at 12-15k a month.

IM DaveA, he's the salary guru!
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Old 11.06.2007, 13:21
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Thanks for the referral, but I am not currently able to answer any more such questions while the collective bargaining is underway for both the Wheeltappers and Shunters. Im pleased to report these discussions are progressing at full steam ahead.

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Old 11.06.2007, 13:47
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Well you see the die was already cast. We did endeavour to tap into the fastenings, but it soon become clear that we were clasping at the wrong market, as everything hinged upon our ability to cut and shut the deal.

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Re: Working in Basel

I am asked to travel to Basel for a personal interview and possible an offer for position there.

the company is called Dufry and its headquarters are in Basel.

Any info?

more accurate salary expecations to live and work in Basel?

I need some advice..
thanks
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I am asked to travel to Basel for a personal interview and possible an offer for position there.

the company is called Dufry and its headquarters are in Basel.

Any info?

more accurate salary expecations to live and work in Basel?

I need some advice..
thanks
Doing what? Cleaner? Managing Director?
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Any info?
yes! www.dufry.com
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Re: Working in Basel

Yes sorry... i forgot the most important info..

the position its IT consultant for Dufry.

Any ideas?

i saw their website.. they seem very good..

but to live in BAsel comfortably.. what should i look for in terms of salary?
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Yes sorry... i forgot the most important info..

the position its IT consultant for Dufry.

Any ideas?

i saw their website.. they seem very good..

but to live in BAsel comfortably.. what should i look for in terms of salary?
Well that's still a bit vague. An IT "consultant" is normally an external resource brought in to augment permanent staff. It's a generic term that could cover many roles each with different salaries. "Comfortably" depends on many factors - do you have family, do you need or want a big house, fast cars, expensive women?

You won't get much of an answer until you give a bit more detail.
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Old 01.07.2007, 11:31
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Re: Working in Basel

Are you bringing along a familiy? This would totally change the equation in terms of living comfortably. Looking at jobserve.com may give you a clue what the average is in swizerland - most jobs seem to be 100 -140K a year. You can live well on this unless you have a cocaine habit. Also it would depend on if you insist on a 5 room or 2 room apartment and if a car is a must.
Do you like eating out every night or cooking at home.
I have survived once on 3500 a month for a year, (it was not too difficult once you cut down on the daily sessions in the bars) but I know some friends of mine who would not get out of bed for less than 120chf an hour.
Really, this is a question only you can answer yourself and there are literally hundreds of threads in the forum which address all of the above questions - just use the search function.
Good luck with the job - I am sure that once you start to live here, you can make your own mind up about what your definitition of comfortable really is.
I have been in "IT" for 28 years and had more than 40 contracts and a few permie jobs - sometimes the money is not always the deciding factor on whether you take a job or not. It's a personal decision.
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Re: Working in Basel

Hey guys,

thank so much for your advice and i appreciate it so much. I will give you more details so i get more feedbad that will help me consider this ipportunity better. I am sorry if i sound annoying but knowing the environment and the external factors that might come into the picture when you work in a foreign country its very importatnt.

I will be in Basel on Friday and Saturday for the interview.

So lets take the facts from the beginning.

I am 30 years old and single. I ve been working for NCR which is an american company and some of you might know, for the past 6 months. I have 3 years of experience in ERP systems and especially a system called Navision. Dufry has found me and interviewed me over the phone several times and now they want a face to face interview. They say they want to make an offer to me.

The thing is that i like my job but i would love to work with ERP systems more and i think it will help my CV and my experience to specialize in this.
the position is ERP implemenation/analyst/consultant.

NCR has good potentials but i wont be doing what i actually like. Dufry has good potentials too from what they say but how could i know?

So my questions are:

1. Dufry? (www.dufry.com) Does this company has a good reputation in Switzerland?

2. 65k - 70k would be a resonable yearly salary to ask for this positions (Euros)? I mean reasonable in terms of living and expenses.. i dont want to work two jobs to survive in Basel. And i want to devote myself to this job and not worry about money.

3. Lets say i have a good offer and i accept. Thinking in the longterm if i was dismissed from this company in Switzerland, as a EU citizen would it be easy to find another job there?

4. How hard is it to survive without knowing German or French? Are there clssses for foreigners?

5. Are there any greek people in Basel?

Thanks guys for the interest.. i hope i get to meet some of you guys...
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Re: Working in Basel

4. The search function is quite helpful - there are many threads asking about language schools.
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Re: Working in Basel

why ask for a salary in Euros? You do know Switzerland has it's own currency?

Sounds like an internal position and as posted above, likely to be in the 100-140k range (in Swiss Francs). Given your age and that it seems to not be managerial, I'd go for 105-110k as a guess (before bonus).
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Old 04.07.2007, 10:33
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1. Dufry? (www.dufry.com) Does this company has a good reputation in Switzerland?
No better or worse than any other Swiss company (at least, nothing outstanding in the press). Personally, I hate them. They are a brand company and they bought my fave malt, Laphroaigh the barstewards.

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2. 65k - 70k would be a resonable yearly salary to ask for this positions (Euros)? I mean reasonable in terms of living and expenses.. i dont want to work two jobs to survive in Basel. And i want to devote myself to this job and not worry about money.

It depends on how niche the ERP is - how available are experienced people. It looks a bit low to me - I work with a different ERP and 130K to 140K CHFs would be considered good.


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3. Lets say i have a good offer and i accept. Thinking in the longterm if i was dismissed from this company in Switzerland, as a EU citizen would it be easy to find another job there?
If you work with a niche ERP it will depend on whether other Swiss companies use it?
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There are a few Greeks in Basel and around, not one myself, but they're here....
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Re: Working and living in Basel

I think about 30% at least goes to taxes. It is a wonderful small city and I love living here. I also shop at the rhine center and France for groceries. This cuts down the costs of meat and dairy produts. It is a little expensive here, but I think that you could live okay on that amount. Going out to eat is something I do not do as much now because of the expense. You can learn to live on less if you have to. I found that out when I moved here. Hope all goes well!
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Re: Working and living in Basel

So you think this is not enough to live comfortable.
Right now i have a good job the salary is less of course but i get by very fine.

so after taxes am left with 4500 francs. from those 1000-1500 will go to rent and am left with 3000 for the rest of the expenses..

How much is insurance?
how much for electricity?
Telephene bills?
Car insurance?

i would appreciate the help
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Re: Working and living in Basel

I am on around the same and I am perfectly comfortable.

I would estimate monthly bills for a single person to be no more than 2000CHF (not including medical).
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Re: Working and living in Basel

you'd be quite comfortable, especially if you chose to live in BL not BS.

actually - very comfortable.
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