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Record Monthly Growth in Advertised Job Vacancies: +9.5%

Zurich, Wednesday, 27 September 2017. According to the Michael Page Swiss Job Index monthly advertised job vacancies (August – September 2017), grew by +9.5%. This is the highest increase in advertised job vacancies, over this period, since the index commenced in 2012. It tops the previous record of +8.5% achieved in September 2016 and is almost double the Index’s average August – September growth in advertised jobs of +5.1%.

The Swiss Romande achieved an increase of +13.1% in advertised jobs between August and September – one of the highest growth rates recorded since 2012.  The German-speaking region, which accounted for 9 out of 10 of all advertised jobs, grew by +9.1% over the same period. The growth in job vacancies was strongest in the Mid and North regions +16.9% and +10.4% growth respectively (August – September). 


Monthly Growth
(August - Sept 2017)

Year-to-Date Growth
(Jan - Sept 2017)

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



North (AG, BL, BS)



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



Lake Geneva (GE, VD, VS)



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



Zurich (ZH)




Demand for facility managers, administrative, accounting, pharmaceutical and logistics specialists was especially strong.

Winning Job Categories

Monthly Growth
(August - Sept 2017)

Year-to-Date Growth
(Jan – Sept 2017)

  1. Facility Managers



  1. Office Managers & Business Administrators



  1. Pharmaceutical Specialists



  1. Logistics Specialists



  1. Accountants




We are seeing continued growth for specialists in key industries with an international focus e.g. pharma and logistics. As we move into the budget season, we are also seeing especially strong demand for administration and accounting specialists. The scheduled conclusion of real estate developments ahead of winter, is also driving demand for professionals in this field e.g. facility managers.” 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 labour market and the most important monthly trends.

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