Nearly one in five people in Switzerland want to change jobs

Nearly one in five people in Switzerland want to change jobs

In a study of global employee satisfaction, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that almost one in five workers in Switzerland want to switch jobs. Only 50 percent of employees in the alpine nation are satisfied with their career, 7 percent fewer than the global average.

18 percent of Swiss workers want a career change

PwC’s Global Workforce Hopes and Fears Survey asked 52.000 workers in 44 countries around the world about working hours, conditions, salaries and overall satisfaction with work. The survey, commissioned for the World Economic Forum in Davos, highlighted the so-called “global resignation” - a trend where workers quit roles and apply for new jobs that are more personally fulfilling.

In Switzerland, 18 percent of workers are thinking about changing jobs in the near future. According to Watson, this has been driven by a desire for higher salaries and more fulfilling work, a trend that has arisen since the end of federal COVID restrictions. 

Desire to switch to new remote jobs most common in young people

The survey found that the desire to change jobs was most common among young people, both in Switzerland and globally. In all, baby boomers are the happiest with their current work, while Generation Z - people born after 1996 - are the least satisfied.

Another shift in attitude was found in the desire to work from home, with three-quarters of people in Switzerland wanting to continue some form of remote working. However, Switzerland was found to have 9 percent fewer “hybrid working” roles than the global average.

Gender pay gap remains a key issue in Switzerland

In regard to the environment, only 43 percent of those surveyed in Switzerland thought that international companies should be transparent about their impact on the climate. This is well below the 50 percent global average. 

Finally, PwC found that the gender pay gap remains a key issue for workers in Switzerland and around the world. However, interestingly, the study noted that women are more likely to feel like their bosses are listening to what they have to say.

For more information about the large global study, check out the PwC website.

Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Jan studied in York and Sheffield in the UK, obtaining a master's in broadcast journalism and a bachelor's in history. He has worked as a radio DJ, TV presenter, and...

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