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11.0% Year-to-Date Growth in Advertised Job Vacancies

Zurich, 23 May 2017. According to the Michael Page Swiss Job Index, the number of advertised jobs grew by +11.0% between January and May 2017. This continues the unbroken positive growth trend in advertised job vacancies since January 2017. The monthly growth (April – May 2017) was +1.1% throughout Switzerland. The German speaking region accounted for 9 out of 10 advertised jobs and grew by +0.8% compared with the Swiss Romande (+3.6%).
The increase in advertised jobs was led by IT specialists and bankers, followed by engineers, specialists in the pharma/bio tech sector and project managers.

Winning Job Categories Monthly Growth
(April – May 2017)
Year-to-Date Growth
(June 2016 – June 2017)
1. IT Specialists (especially IT security) +6.2 +27.4%
2. Bankers (especially Private Banking) +5.7% +18.9%
3. Engineers +3.0% +21.5%
4. Pharma/Bio Tech +3.0% +12.1%
5. Project Managers +2.4% +17.2%


“We’re seeing the strongest, continual demand for IT specialists, engineers and project managers across all industries as well as market access specialists in the pharma industry. The growth in banking jobs is very specific. It is principally concentrated in private and investment banking.” said Nicolai Mikkelsen, Director, Michael Page.


Michael Page


Michael Page is a leading brand of the PageGroup, one of the world's pre-eminent professional recruitment consultancies. Listed on the London Stock Exchange (“PAGE”), PageGroup was established in Switzerland in 2001. The Michael Page team works closely with its clients to identify and place the best candidates for management positions. It also collaborates with PageGroup’s other operational brands to ensure that all client needs are met. This includes Page Personnel (graduates and first level specialists), and Page Executive (senior and executive management). Page Group has more than 152 offices worldwide including three Swiss offices in Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne.


Michael Page Swiss Job Index


The Michael Page Swiss Job Index measures the number of advertised vacancies on company sites throughout Switzerland. Introduced in January 2012, the Swiss Job Index provides a unique, comprehensive overview of the Swiss labor market and the most important monthly trends.

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