Skiplink Navigation

Main Features

Working abroad Swiss attracted to English-speaking countries

For many, the bright lights of New York beckon


Although Switzerland is one of the world’s most popular job markets, many Swiss choose work abroad – especially in English-speaking countries.

Boston Consulting Group and The Network – a group of 50 job search portals in 130 countries –surveyed 200,000 people. They found that among Swiss respondents, 50% would like to work in the United States, followed by Canada and Britain (44% each), and Germany and Australia (39% each).

The Swiss seem especially keen to work abroad: 60% of Swiss men and 51% of Swiss women said they were interested in doing so, compared to 44% of their international peers. One in five of all people surveyed already had experience working in another country.

The main motivation for working abroad was “broadening horizons”, with 67% of Swiss women and 64% of Swiss men citing that reason, followed by “wanting to experience another culture” and “gaining work experience”.

Yet many Swiss – 29% of women and 19% of men surveyed – said that they had no desire to leave the country for a job.

Indeed, Switzerland is an attractive job market, with 29% of survey respondents saying they would be interested in working there. The United States took first place (42%), followed by Britain and Canada (36% each), Germany (33%) and France (29%).

Switzerland is especially popular in the eyes of workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, where 60% of those polled said they’d like to emigrate to Switzerland. In France that figure was 59%, followed by Serbia (57%), Portugal (51%) and Italy (46%).

Neuer Inhalt

Horizontal Line

SWI on Instagram

SWI on Instagram

SWI on Instagram

subscription form

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox.

Click here to see more newsletters