SWISS SKILLS SHORTAGE INDEX Q1 2018

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German-speaking Switzerland lacks technicians most of all

In German-speaking Switzerland, technical professions faced the greatest shortage of specialists during the first quarter of 2018. Nicole Burth commented: “It is very difficult for companies to fill such vacancies. Unfortunately, there still aren’t enough women completing education in classic MINT occupations (maths, information technology, science and technology).” Fiduciary occupations are in second place, while third place is held by medical and pharmaceutical professions. There is an acute lack of doctors, which has become even more severe compared to the same quarter last year.

Engineering professions occupy fourth place, and IT jobs are in fifth. The specialist shortage in these sectors has also worsened in comparison to the previous year’s first quarter. Machinists currently hold last place in the German-speaking Swiss skills shortage rankings. This is the only occupational group in the technology and information technology sectors with a surplus of unemployed people rather than a skills shortage. “Machinist positions are frequently filled by semi-skilled personnel, and more and more of these jobs are disappearing. Due to automation and digitisation, employees with higher qualifications are being sought,” said Helen Buchs from the University of Zurich’s Swiss Job Market Monitor.

RANKINGS

gesamtschweiz

Switzerland

Top 5

  1. Fiduciary
  2. Technicians
  3. Engineers
  4. Medicine and pharmaceutical
  5. Information technology (IT)

deutschweiz

German-speaking Switzerland

Top 5

  1. Technicians
  2. Fiduciary
  3. Medicine and pharmaceutical
  4. Engineers
  5. Information technology (IT)

lateinische_schweiz

Western Switzerland and Ticino

Top 5

  1. Fiduciary
  2. Technicians
  3. Engineers
  4. Medicine and pharmaceutical
  5. Information technology (IT)

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Comprehensive study of Switzerland’s skills shortage coming in November

A comprehensive study of the skills shortage in Switzerland will be published in November 2018. The occupational groups at the bottom of the rankings correspond to the list of job types affected by the job registration requirement. The November edition will contain a ranking list for each linguistic region along with detailed analyses. The skills shortage will be displayed separately for the six largest regions in Switzerland. In addition, the analyses will illustrate the chronological development of the skills shortages in 11 occupational groups.