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Old 11.01.2011, 10:09
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

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Hi all,
Thanks again for your comments and information.
Yes, I have done searches on Heerbrugg, but I like to get information from people that live there, or have lived there, so I get a more personal vew of a place.
As for taking a job away from people living in an area, well, I have not been offered the job, yet, still early stages. Though, if a company is going outside an area to find people, then it is obvious that qualified people are not easy to find within that area. I onced asked my hiring manager, when I was offered a job in Bad Saltzdetfurth Germany, why did they not find someone locally, or even within Germany (I was living in Liverpool at the time). I was told that there were no experienced design engineers with my skills and background in the area, and those that they were able to find were not interested in moving to Bad Saltzdetfurth.
I've reasearched the company, but, again, getting personal information from people about a company is helpful. I've worked for companies that looked good on their website only to find out that they were crap.
Right now there seems to be an explosion of technical jobs openning up in Europe. Here in the UK I've been contacted about 5 contract mechanical engineering jobs in the last week. This tells me that there is a lot going on. Search Jobsite.co.uk and you'll see for yourself.
So, if your out of work, you might want to consider relocating, at least for a while. Or, maybe for a long run. If you don't have the skills, maybe consider getting training, or going back to college/university.
So far in this recession I've been lucky to keep working, even fortunate to change contract jobs for more money. This only tells me if you are willing to move and take on challenges outside your comfort zone, then you'll stay in employment.
Anyway, thanks a lot all for your replies and very helpful information.
The next step is to get through the interviews and decide if Heerbrugg will be my last and final stop in my working career (making Heerbrugg my final home before I die).
Moving out? i just moved over.. so no an option.

I see your point, but the the slap stands!
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Old 11.01.2011, 10:35
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

What exactly are you qualified in Joey 82 ? I guess you must be around 28 years old, hence the 82 bit in your name, In your profile is says nothing really, surely if you are serious about looking for a job, you should maybe add some basic info about what you do to your profile ?
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Old 11.01.2011, 11:22
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

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Hi all,
Thanks again for your comments and information.
Yes, I have done searches on Heerbrugg, but I like to get information from people that live there, or have lived there, so I get a more personal vew of a place.
As for taking a job away from people living in an area, well, I have not been offered the job, yet, still early stages. Though, if a company is going outside an area to find people, then it is obvious that qualified people are not easy to find within that area. I onced asked my hiring manager, when I was offered a job in Bad Saltzdetfurth Germany, why did they not find someone locally, or even within Germany (I was living in Liverpool at the time). I was told that there were no experienced design engineers with my skills and background in the area, and those that they were able to find were not interested in moving to Bad Saltzdetfurth.
I've reasearched the company, but, again, getting personal information from people about a company is helpful. I've worked for companies that looked good on their website only to find out that they were crap.
Right now there seems to be an explosion of technical jobs openning up in Europe. Here in the UK I've been contacted about 5 contract mechanical engineering jobs in the last week. This tells me that there is a lot going on. Search Jobsite.co.uk and you'll see for yourself.
So, if your out of work, you might want to consider relocating, at least for a while. Or, maybe for a long run. If you don't have the skills, maybe consider getting training, or going back to college/university.
So far in this recession I've been lucky to keep working, even fortunate to change contract jobs for more money. This only tells me if you are willing to move and take on challenges outside your comfort zone, then you'll stay in employment.
Anyway, thanks a lot all for your replies and very helpful information.
The next step is to get through the interviews and decide if Heerbrugg will be my last and final stop in my working career (making Heerbrugg my final home before I die).
good luck. read the threads about living in switzerland. the people here are pretty different so you should make sure you can live with this. i know quite a few people now who left because they couldn't hack the coldness of the swiss and/or the lack of life in zurich (and it will be a lot worse in more rural parts of the country).

that said, it sounds like you're an adaptable chap so might get on fine. let me know if you come here as i've been meaning to visit st. gallen.
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

No, I thought it had been established that anything less than 120k meant a life of poverty here in Switzerland?
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

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The next step is to get through the interviews and decide if Heerbrugg will be my last and final stop in my working career (making Heerbrugg my final home before I die).
Why does it have to be your last and final stop? Why can't you just try it out for a year or two? You didn't sound close to retirement age in your earlier posts.
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Old 11.01.2011, 23:47
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

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What exactly are you qualified in Joey 82 ? I guess you must be around 28 years old, hence the 82 bit in your name, In your profile is says nothing really, surely if you are serious about looking for a job, you should maybe add some basic info about what you do to your profile ?
Fancy coming from one that has " europe " as location ,not the sharing type are we?
What do you need to know? it says " ask and you shall now ", do so and ill be happy to let you know, but PM please as its very of topic and no one realy cares.
I put all the info one needs in my profile, no need to say in it what i do as i have no job.

Since you asked . for the moment i am Self employed, yet that doesn't bring in anywhere near a Swiss wage so i am still looking for a job.

As stated in earlier threads, i have a cv that is up to Swiss standards, and checked by 3 independent job agencies, all saying the cv and its format are ok.

I'm have no big degree, so i'm not picky, any admin job will do fine..heck put me on a tractor and ill work in a farm.

The jobs i applied far so far were rejected as " over qualified " etc .. when i rang one of these to ask what the story was,they told me that i have to much (one wonders) experience, and they are looking from someone that comes right out of school, someone to " mould " into the company. Thats was pure on reading my cv, never had the joys to get an actual interview.

Some of them even have a standard email or letter they return to you, speaking to other job seekers here we found out its just a standard letter.

One of them didn't even bother to open the cv as they returned " dear ms joey".. if they had opened it, seen the picture and the M for Male then mistakes like this would not happen,yet proves they just don't bother looking.

But enough of topic rambling, just want to say that job hunting is not my prior goal on this forum, making friends and gathering information as wel as sharing some is.

For jobs, i check job sites, for fun games and social talk,i have the forum.

On Topic : Op didn't know about his question being asked so many times already, so i won't hold it against him but understand it is frustrating from our (jobseekers in Switzerland)point ,seeing they headhunt people or what not for jobs over here.

I understand the OP has a special trade,one of who i will not be qualified for but that is on the side, in general you see way to many " i have been offered a job, i will come over,is this enough.. " threads, and that just bugs me and some of the other job seekers that live in Switzerland.

My day will come..when? don't know but be sure i will not start a thread with how much my wages are going to be

As for the Op asking if i would move back ? no..spend allot money moving here from Ireland and i'm in it for the long run..now to secure a job and all is good

end rant.. and sorry for hijacking Op,the floor is all yours again..

Ow and good luck with the move and new job, ill keep my fingers crossed
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Re: Update: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

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Hi all, and thanks for your replies.

I just found out that the company offering the job there is Leica Geosystems, and it is located in Heerbrugg, St. Gallen.
Anyone know of Heerbrugg, or of the company? What Heerbrugg is like? The people there?

Thanks again for your help!

Miguel
I am from the U.S. and know that company and have used their products. Congratulations - and have fun!
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Old 12.01.2011, 00:06
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

Yes its enough. Only starts to get difficult if you have another person to support and/or kids.
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

After considering the technical difficulties of the job, and the obvious scarcity of qualified applicants, I definitely think you should ask for CHF 120,000 and don't forget the German lessons are fairly expensive.

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Old 12.01.2011, 01:01
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Re: Is 100,000 CHF enough to live on in Switzerland?

They probably wont offer too much more, might be able to push for 110K max if they are having trouble securing the right candidate. For engineer type roles they probably hit the upper limit at 100 K or thereabouts. Chances for future growth in wages is probably limited unless you moved up to another band, different role in the org. They are not based in a major city and therefore do not offer as competitive rates as other large firms in Switzerland say in Zurich, Basel, Zug.

The benefits such as lifestyle living in that part of the world, lower rent and working with the quality brand name, working with the worlds leading geomatic hardware firm etc is what attracts people to work there.
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Old 12.01.2011, 02:17
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you'll be fine. The breadline has been set at 68'000 so you'll be able to fill your sandwiches

....mustard sandwich anyone? I'm hosting!
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