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Old 28.05.2013, 12:52
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Security work in Suisse Romande

Hi / Bon Jour / GrŁezi everybody!

I'm a 35 year old spanish dude who's been working as a rent-a-cop for the last 10 years. I speak decent french. I'd like to know if I'd have good job prospects in my field in the francophone part of Switzerland. My company has been firing people since the beginning of the year, and I could be the next.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

Having the swiss brevet will greatly enhance your opportunities with private security firms. Becoming an actual cop will depend on your nationalty, permit status, and the recruiting requirements of the jurisdiction you are interested in.
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Old 28.05.2013, 13:34
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

Securitas is the biggest security staff provider here. Have a look at their website:

http://www.securitas.ch/en/jobs/how-...securitas.html

Protectas is another one:

http://www.securitas.com/ch/en-gb/

Yeah, I know, same name. Not sure if it's all the same company. Websites are different.
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

They are the same company, yes. Currently I'm working for them, I didn't know they were in Switzerland as well. Thanks for the info.
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Old 28.05.2013, 18:16
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That should help you on the job front here then, I'd hope. Good luck.
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That should help you on the job front here then, I'd hope. Good luck.
Excuse my ignorance, but why would they sack him in Spain to re-employ him in Switzerland ?
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

Securitas is losing plenty of clients here. Not my fault.
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Old 28.05.2013, 19:35
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

A long, long, time ago some Swedish people visited Zurich and noted that a company named Securitas was employed to check the passengers for their correct tram and bus tickets. These gentlemen asked Seuritas Switzerland if they could use the name in Sweden. No problem said Securitas.

So Securitas Switzerland is a different company to Securitas Europe.

Later another company was formed in Europe by Swedish Securitas, named Protectas. Which is in competion with Securitas in Switzerland.

So there are two main companies in Switzerland Securitas and Protectas. There is another company Securitrans, which concentrates on train security.

However today it looks as though Securitas has taken over Protectas. ??? This originally was the headquarters of Protectas, but looking at the web address it now belongs to Securitas! http://www.securitas.com/ch/fr/A-pro...acts/Lausanne/
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Excuse my ignorance, but why would they sack him in Spain to re-employ him in Switzerland ?
It is very easy to become redundant in the security business. The margins are very tight, and if a contract with a customer is not renewed, the employees are fired quickly. If another contract is won, they can quickly be re-hired by the same company.
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

Exactly, Sbrinz. Just because they're having to lay off staff in Spain doesn't mean they wouldn't be pleased to hire him in Switzerland, given that he already has experience working for them and knows their procedures. If he was sacked for misconduct or something it would be different, but redundancies don't mean you can't be hired back by the same firm when things pick up again. It happens in a lot of industries; think of all the lay-offs there were in the UK car manufacturing business a few years ago, but many have since been re-hired.
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Exactly, Sbrinz. Just because they're having to lay off staff in Spain doesn't mean they wouldn't be pleased to hire him in Switzerland, given that he already has experience working for them and knows their procedures. If he was sacked for misconduct or something it would be different, but redundancies don't mean you can't be hired back by the same firm when things pick up again. It happens in a lot of industries; think of all the lay-offs there were in the UK car manufacturing business a few years ago, but many have since been re-hired.
If he was an MD i could see this being a serious possibility, but as he said himself, he was a "rent-a-cop"

I guess maybe if he moved here and got established correctly, then their maybe an interest but ther are plenty of candidates here already.
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

Thankfully I'm still working, and business would have to get pretty bad for them to get rid of people with 10 years in the company, but you never know. Thanks all for your answers.
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

Just a quick though ....... as moving within EU countries would obviously be easier - why Switzerland?
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Just a quick though ....... as moving within EU countries would obviously be easier - why Switzerland?
It's as easy as any other UE country since they are in the Schengen space so I won't neef a work permit. I think it's a good option because the unemployement rate is low, the standard of living high and I speak french.
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Re: Security work in Suisse Romande

Did you end up landing on a job Don Juan? Out of curiosity, does security guard job requires licensing in canton Vaud?
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