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A level of education among the highest in the world | Optimal conditions for attracting and retaining young international talent | Flexible work laws encourage entrepreneurship 


A level of education among the highest in the world

Thanks to its research tradition and to services with strong added value, Switzerland figures among the most prosperous countries in the world. This success is made possible by very high levels of training and education. In addition to the quality of the Swiss education system, the presence of numerous world-renowned universities, specialist schools of higher learning and research institutes enables companies to access to a highly qualified workforce speaking several languages, including of course English. The Neuchâtel expertise in the world of the infinitesimally small has led to concrete applications in other high-tech sectors and drives high levels of specialisation in the canton. As such, Neuchâtel boasts a wide and qualified talent pool along the whole value chain, as innovations developed here are also often produced in the region.



The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018 - World Economic Forum


Optimal conditions for attracting and retaining young international talent


The excellent quality of life in Neuchâtel, as well as favourable framework conditions help attract highly-qualified personnel from abroad. Bilateral agreements with the EU have strengthened this trend and Swiss-based companies can now freely hire from the European labour force.



Flexible work laws encourage entrepreneurship


The Swiss are very much attached to their ‘labor peace", which was instilled nearly a century ago. Strikes are quasi-inexistent, thanks to a unique working mentality resulting in a good climate between employees, employers and social partners. In the same line, absenteeism is low, whilst productivity counts among the highest in the world.


Swiss labour legislation is very flexible, encouraging employment and entrepreneurialism. Employers can, for example, implement the ‘3 x 8 hours’ shift and benefit from a 40 to 45 hours working week. A low unemployment rate – 3.1% Swiss average in 2016 – contributes to social harmony and to good relations between the economy and individuals.
Above average wages are offset by lower social charges when compared to most other European countries and, with less administrative burden, clearly compares in favour of Switzerland.