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Jobs for carpenters in Basel

Hi there,

I'm in the very early days of applying for job in Basel. My boyfriend is a currently working as an event carpenter (TV, theatre, corporate parties, fashion shows, festivals, concerts, scenery) and he loves it.

I think if we are to seriously consider a move to Switzerland I'd need to know he could find carpentry work.

We're from London and whilst my French and German is rusty, he's got barely any language skills, but would be willing to learn.

What's it like for tradesmen in Basel at the moment? Is event carpentry too specific? Would he get residential/shop-fitting/joinery work?

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Re: Jobs for carpenters in Basel

It's not too specific, here you have carpenters to build the chasis of house, general carpenters who make kitchens etc and furniture makers. Most work to quite high standards, probably better than in the UK but without a language it will be very difficult to get a job.

As most of these employment posts say somewhere, learn the language and it's not so difficult to get a job if you move here without one. Obviously if your company moves you it's different, but without a language you miss out on a whole different world and end up with a very jaded ex-pat outlook.
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It's not too specific, here you have carpenters to build the chasis of house, general carpenters who make kitchens etc and furniture makers. Most work to quite high standards, probably better than in the UK but without a language it will be very difficult to get a job.

As most of these employment posts say somewhere, learn the language and it's not so difficult to get a job if you move here without one. Obviously if your company moves you it's different, but without a language you miss out on a whole different world and end up with a very jaded ex-pat outlook.
True. Although I don't have a particularly jaded ex-pay outlook...
I just haven't picked up the language yet. I am not trying to avoid it I just need to work harder.

But the reason I contacted you is that you mentioned set carpentry. I am a Stagehand by trade. So far in this country I have been the stay at home dad. Dealing with school issues in this country is not a user friendly as it is back home in the US. However I think that I have the school situation sorted, finally, and so I would like to go back to work.

I was wondering if you had had enough contact with the situation here to know what the standard wage scale was for frame carpenters as well as people in my craft? I was also curious to see if you had any luck with dealing with getting hired on as a part time semi self employed? After all almost everyone that does stuff similar to what we do isn't permanently employed.

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True. Although I don't have a particularly jaded ex-pay outlook...
I just haven't picked up the language yet. I am not trying to avoid it I just need to work harder.
I didn't actualy say you were jaded, i said you ended up jaded. You have to get here first and NOT learn the language to become jaded !

Otherwise can't really help you, i have a good friend who is a carpenter but he's not looking for people now.
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I didn't actualy say you were jaded, i said you ended up jaded. You have to get here first and NOT learn the language to become jaded !

Otherwise can't really help you, i have a good friend who is a carpenter but he's not looking for people now.
OK, thanks, I am not actually looking to a carpenter as I am a bit weak in that area.

I am looking to be a Stagehand. I do rigging, sound, lighting, video, projection, etc... Rock Shows and Theatre are such fun and you get paid too.

I just put it out here hoping that someone would put their 2 pence in. Again, I appreciate the comment.

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