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Good times for Accountants: +6.8% Growth in Advertised Jobs

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Zurich, Wednesday, 26 June 2019. According to the Michael Page Swiss Job Index, demand for accountants outpaced all other major job categories with +6.8% monthly growth (May – June 2019). Across Switzerland, advertised jobs declined by -3.0% over the same period, ahead of the summer holiday season. Year-on-year growth reached +8.6% (June 2018 – June 2019) with accountants and information managers leading all other job categories, recording an annual growth of over +22%.

The German speaking region, which accounts for 9 out of 10 advertised jobs, experienced a monthly decline in advertised jobs of -2.1%. The level of advertised jobs in Swiss Romande declined by -8.1% between May and June. Year-on-year growth in both regions increased; with Zurich showing a growth of +8.7% (June 2018 – June 2019) and Geneva experiencing a +7.4% growth over the same period.


Winning Job Categories

Monthly Growth

(May 2019 – June 2019)

Year-on-Year Growth

(June 2018 – June 2019)

1. Accountants and financial controllers



2. Legal and compliance professionals


3. Information managers (especially product and process specialists)



4. Software developers and engineers



5. SAP IT specialists 




“We see strong demand for specialists in the fields of accounting and financial control as well as legal and compliance, mainly driven by the June financial year-end of many companies. At the same time, there is a continued, strong demand for IT specialists”, said Nicolai Mikkelsen, Executive Director, Michael Page.

Zurich was the only region to show a positive monthly growth (+0.5%). 



Monthly Growth
(March 2019 – April 2019)

Year-on-Year Growth
(April 2018 – April 2019)

Zurich (ZH)



East (AI, AR, GL, GR, SG, SH, TG)



Mid (BE, FR, JU, NE, SO)



North (AG, BL, BS) 



Central (LU, NW, OW, SZ, UR, ZG)



Lake Geneva (GE, VD, VS) 




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 141 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 labour market and the most important monthly trends.


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