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First Timers in Switzerland - Working Questions?

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1) Is it difficult for a Non German Speaking person to fit in?
I am interested in picking up German but realistically I won't pick this up in a few weeks so wondering about the short term implications?

2) What are working hours like in Switzerland?
I currently work for a Bank and feel like I am working 24 7 at the mo. This was one of the big interests for me to have more time with my wife and baby.

3) Travel
How can I find out how much a season ticket would cost to Zug from Thawil or Hogen?

4) Is there a them and Us attitude between English and Swiss in the work environment?


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1) Do large multinational companies in Switzerland contribute to pensions etc?
I am in the process of being interviewed so really want to build a like for like comparison of the package to see if my family and I will be better off or worse off by moving.

2) Rental Pricing
I have looked on homegate.ch and seen quite a few nice flats. My wife and I are pretty simple in our expectations and do not expect anything lavish or super amazing. The max we are willing to go up to is 2500CHF per month. Besides the rental Charge what other taxes / bills are applicable? such as Council Tax? Or is that incorporated in to the price?

3) Petrol / Gas / Electricity Prices
Is it expensive to pay for such things?

4) Disposable income?
I will be paid somewhere in the region of 110k - 120k CHF per year. so somewhere between 9 & 10k per month pre tax.

What can I roughly expect to be taxed? What do I mandatorily have to purchase (health cover etc) I want to work out roughly how much money we will have to save and enjoy while out there. I know its very vague but any help would be greatly appreciated with this.


Thanks in advance people :-)

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Re: First Timers in Switzerland - Working Questions?

Hi welcome on the forum.

I read all your thread and all your questions. Many have been answered so often already, you will be able to find you answers by using the search fonction on top right of your page.

If you look around, you will see a lot of very useful stickies, those are full of answers.

For basic questions about gaz price, ticket, car, etc, well..... You can find it easily by using google.

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Re: First Timers in Switzerland - Working Questions?

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2) What are working hours like in Switzerland?
Obviously different from company to company and from role to role but in general, people don't work more than their 8 hours a day.

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4) Disposable income?
I will be paid somewhere in the region of 110k - 120k CHF per year. so somewhere between 9 & 10k per month pre tax.

What can I roughly expect to be taxed? What do I mandatorily have to purchase (health cover etc) I want to work out roughly how much money we will have to save and enjoy while out there. I know its very vague but any help would be greatly appreciated with this.
Depends on what canton you are living in, if you're married and the number of children. When I first came to Switzerland my salary was 110k. Living in Canton de Vaud with the highest taxes in the country as single with no children I was taxed around 16 %. With all deductions from my salary (tax, pension, different types of mandatory insurances) I ended up with 6400 chf/month net. If you are staying in the German part of the country and have a kid or two you would easily end up with more than 7000 chf net/month with the above salary.
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This thread made me chuckle in light of this thread from earlier today
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