Employment Services in Switzerland

Switzerland is a wonderfully rewarding country to live and work in, but it’s also a minefield of complex rules & regulations, permits and licences, especially for contractors.

How temporary workers are employed and managed in Switzerland is different from most other countries. Even if you’re already an experienced contractor with knowledge of working elsewhere in Europe – then be prepared to throw away the rule book – Switzerland is different!

All employees are protected by Swiss contracts and Swiss work law.  Each employee makes contributions to the Swiss social security system and pensions and tax are managed for the employee where circumstances dictate.

Sickness and accident insurance are standard along with state pension and unemployment insurance contributions. In addition to the state pension, employer pension plans are also provided and maybe we have to manage your tax too.  Health insurance however must not be confused with sickness insurance and is a private affair.

Swissroll is happy to assist you with the details that apply to you as an individual as well as “softer”, but often more important issues – such as: What to look out for when renting a flat? Where to learn one of the Swiss languages, or find health insurance, open a bank account or buy a train ticket?

Family is important and they may have their own separate concerns about living in Switzerland, especially if they are not working or at school during the day.  We understand that it can be complicated and “different” – so let us help to try and make it smoother and don’t be afraid to ask more than once!

The Law.

  • A contractor or freelancer cannot work for a Swiss-based company and be paid via a recruitment company based outside of Switzerland.
  • Similarly, a company cannot lease contractors or freelancers to a client company, when they are not authorised to lease labour in Switzerland.
  • Contractors or freelancers wishing to work for a Swiss-based company must operate through a Swiss employment services management company such as Swissroll, authorised to lease labour in Switzerland. Swissroll is here to help!

How can Swissroll help you?

  • Once you have been offered a position in or from Switzerland, Swissroll can employ you through our Swiss payroll solution. We can help you obtain your work permit, arrange tailored health cover, and ensure you are fully-compliant and up-to-date with your taxes and social security.
  • We remove the burden of tax and legal compliance, allowing you to spend your free time enjoying the Swiss lifestyle, instead of form-filling!

Labour Leasing in Switzerland is complex, with rules & regulations which specifically govern the way in which temporary workers are employed and managed. Our experience can help you.

In addition, our solutions can help contractors maximise their revenue. We assist contractors to attain more by way of optimum tax planning and income handling both in their home  – and work countries.

Swissroll offers

  • Solutions precisely geared to the clients’ needs; we do not operate a one-size-fits all policy just for our own convenience.
  • Our custom, end-to-end solutions are compliant, flexible and uncomplicated.
  • We deliver automated timesheets, invoicing, payroll and payments systems to ensure we follow the contractor’s instructions without fault.
  • We manage invoices generated and their payment due dates and ensure that the amount is received fully and on time.
  • We have access to the best banking systems in the world. We can assist you to open a Swiss bank account if necessary. We can also pay you anywhere you want and in most major currencies.

The Tri-Partite Relationship

The Process

  1. The contractor agrees engagement terms with the client company.
  2. Swissroll and the contractor then sign an employment agreement.
  3. Swissroll signs a supplier service agreement with the client company under the terms agreed.
  4. The contractor is then leased back to the client company by Swissroll as the
  5. Our competitive service management fee is deducted from the gross client
    billing rate to the contractor.

See our FAQ’s for further commonly asked questions about contracting in Switzerland.