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Compared to other regions, Espace Mittelland records the highest increase in skilled labor needs (36%)

Zurich, November 28, 2023 – After peaking in 2022, the skilled labor shortage in Switzerland shows little sign of improving in 2023. Despite declining growth dynamics due to the current economic slowdown, the skilled labor shortage skilled labor in Switzerland increased by 24%, setting a new record. With an increase of +36%, Espace Mittelland recorded the largest increase in the index among the major regions. Recruitment therefore continues to be a challenge for companies. At Espace Mittelland, it is particularly difficult to fill vacancies for healthcare professionals, software and IT application developers and analysts, as well as work supervisors, foremen and production managers. This is what the Adecco Switzerland group’s labor shortage index in Switzerland and the Swiss Labor Market Monitor from the University of Zurich reveal.

Although the labor shortage index has already increased sharply in 2022, in a context of economic recovery following the lifting of coronavirus-related measures, the shortage of qualified labor will worsen further in 2023. Despite current Economic challenges, ranging from inflation to the strength of the Swiss franc market, the slowdown in the global economy and growing global uncertainties, the shortage of skilled labor currently shows no signs of improving.

The increase in the index is certainly less pronounced due to the weakening of the economy (although it showed an increase of 69% in 2022, this will only be 24% in 2023). However, the labor shortage index reaches a new record. This evolution is mainly due to two factors: on the one hand, the number of people looking for work decreased significantly, meaning that the unemployment rate reached its lowest level in 2023, at 2%. On the other hand, the number of vacancies increased by 7% compared to the previous year. The main driver of this development appears to be the domestic sector. While export-oriented economic sectors face a drop in global demand, those oriented towards the domestic market, such as hotels and restaurants, have been able to rely heavily on a solid domestic demand. This also explains why Domestic market-oriented sectors still hope for job creation despite the economic slowdown.

“The current overheating of the labor market is mainly the result of the strong economic recovery that began after the lifting of measures against coronavirus and which significantly boosted the demand for qualified labor. While the mixed economic outlook for next year and the visible decline in the dynamics of the labor shortage index suggest an easing phase in the short to medium term, companies will continue to be permanently faced with a labor shortage. qualified in Switzerland. Influential factors such as an aging population, increased digitalization and the transition to a green economy will continue to fuel this trend in the future. »

Marcel Keller, national president of the Adecco Switzerland group

Lack of qualified personnel in technical and health professions

As last year, the following professional categories have the most pronounced shortage of qualified personnel: Health professionals (qualified nurses, endocrinologists or pharmacists, for example), software and IT application developers and analysts (SAP consultants, software engineers or ICT quality managers, for example), as well as engineering and related professionals (mechanical engineering technicians, heating planners or microsystems technicians, for example). Although the shortage of qualified personnel worsens compared to the previous year for Health professionals and the engineering and related professionalsthe situation is clearly relaxing for software and computer applications developers and analysts.

“The turbulence in the IT sector has clearly affected the job market for developers and analysts of software and IT applications. In parallel with the significant reduction in the number of vacant jobs, the number of people looking for work increased significantly. This evolution is also reflected in unemployment figures in the IT sector.
In September 2023, the number of unemployed people showed a dramatic increase of 44.8% compared to the same month the previous year.
The shortage of qualified personnel for this professional category decreased significantly compared to the previous year. »

Yanik Kipfer, Swiss labor market monitor at the University of Zurich

O technical professions are most heavily represented in the top 10 labor shortage rankings. This reflects the positioning of the Swiss industry, which specializes in the production of complex, technically demanding and high-value-added niche products. The last quarterly survey of the professional association Swissmechanic highlights this trend. In the third quarter, SMEs in the mechanical, electrical and metallurgical sectors identified the shortage of technical personnel as one of their biggest challenges.

The shortage of skilled labor in technical occupations is not limited to occupational groups that require higher education, such as a university education, university degree, or postgraduate training. It also extends to groups of professions for which professional learning is mainly necessary. Besides the engineering professionals and similar professionalsO electricians and electronics engineers like this polymechanics, production mechanics, machine mechanics and metalwork are facing a serious shortage of skilled labor.

Skilled labor shortages are likely to turn into widespread labor shortages

The professional categories located at the bottom of the ranking mainly present an excessive supply of qualified personnel, with more candidates than vacancies to fill. The last place is occupied by auxiliary staff, including window cleaners, road markers and conveyors. Then comes the executivesthen the administrative and general secretarial staff and other office staffwhere we find professions such as managers, personnel managers and reviewers.

This year, we especially note the divergent developments according to professional categories: while the excess supply of qualified labor is significantly reduced for the professional categories located in the lower half of the ranking, the shortage of qualified labor remains practically stable in upper half. This means that the shortage of skilled labor tends to turn into a general labor shortage. The excess supply of labor was thus greatly reduced, including in professional categories that require fewer qualifications, such as auxiliary staff. This makes it increasingly difficult for companies to recruit this workforce.

“What we are witnessing today in the Swiss labor market is a true general labor shortage, and no longer just a shortage of skilled labor. Even in professional categories spared from a serious shortage of qualified personnel, it is increasingly difficult to recruit new employees. In the restaurant sector, for example, competition for qualified cooks or trained service staff is increasingly fierce. To find labor, whether qualified or not, companies must innovate and make better use of the national labor market, but also consider foreign labor. The potential of the internal labor market can, for example, be better exploited by investing in training, retraining and continuing education, encouraging people to change careers, making working conditions more flexible or specifically using temporary workers to expand the internal market. know how. »

Martin Meyer, director of German-speaking Adecco Switzerland

Espace Mittelland: the region is experiencing the sharpest increase in the shortage of qualified labor

After a record increase last year, the shortage of skilled labor in theEspace Mittelland (cantons BE, SO, FR, JU, NE) continued to increase this year and currently shows an increase of +36%.

As at national level, the shortage of qualified labor at Espace Mittelland particularly concerns the category of Health professionals. The drop in the number of people looking for work combined with the increase in the number of vacancies further accentuated the scarcity of this professional category this year.

The atmosphere is a little calmer for software and IT application developers and analysts, which comes in second place in the index. The shortage of qualified labor has reduced somewhat in this category, mainly due to the drop in the number of vacancies. This professional category remains, however, in second place in the ranking of professions that present a shortage of qualified labor.

O work drivers, foremen and production managers Today, they are among the three professional categories most affected by the shortage of qualified labor. In this professional category, the number of job seekers decreased compared to the previous year, while the number of vacancies increased significantly. This led to a significant increase in the shortage of qualified labor, increasing this professional category from fifth to third place in the ranking.

“We currently see a strong demand for construction managers who have completed draftsman training and have in-depth technical knowledge in the area of ​​construction or public works. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists are also in high demand. »

Sascha Matter, Area Director at Adecco Switzerland


Service presse du Groupe Adecco Suisse
Jessica Jocham, tél. +41 79 560 48 32, 

Moniteur du marché de l’emploi suisse, Université de Zurich
Yanik Kipfer, tél. +41 44 635 23 02,

À propos de l’Adecco Group Swiss Job Market Index (Job Index)

En collaboration avec le  Moniteur du marché de l’emploi suisse (MME) de l’Institut sociologique de l’Université de Zurich, le Groupe Adecco Suisse publie l’Adecco Group Swiss Job Market Index (Job Index) en janvier, avril, juillet et octobre. Le Job Index propose une mesure scientifique et globale de l’évolution de l’offre d’emplois en Suisse sur les portails d’emploi en ligne et les sites Web des entreprises. Il s’appuie sur des enquêtes trimestrielles représentatives des offres d’emploi dans la presse, sur les portails d’emploi en ligne et sur les sites Web des entreprises.

À propos du Groupe Adecco Suisse

Le Groupe Adecco Suisse est le n° 1 suisse du domaine des ressources humaines. Comptant plus de 700 collaborateurs sur plus de 50 sites dans toutes les régions linguistiques, nous aidons chaque année près de 26 000 spécialistes à trouver un nouveau défi professionnel. Nos marques spécialisées sont expertes dans leur domaine. Le Groupe Adecco Suisse propose des solutions sur mesure non seulement aux demandeurs d’emploi mais encore aux petites, moyennes et grandes entreprises dans le domaine des ressources humaines: recrutement pour des emplois fixes ou temporaires, payroll services, dissociation et externalisation de processus RH complets, planification professionnelle, promotion et mobilité des talents. En Suisse, nous sommes représentés par les marques suivantes: Adecco, Adia, Akkodis, Pontoon Solutions, Lee Hecht Harrison et General Assembly.

Le Groupe Adecco Suisse est une société du Groupe Adecco, le leader mondial du conseil et des solutions en matière de talents. Nous sommes convaincus que chacun doit être prêt pour l’avenir, c’est pourquoi nous trouvons du travail à plus de 3,5 millions de personnes chaque jour. Nous formons, développons et recrutons des talents dans 60 pays, permettant aux organisations de contribuer au développement de l’avenir du travail. Le Groupe Adecco a son siège à Zurich, en Suisse (ISIN: CH0012138605) et est coté à la SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

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