Here you will find everything you need to know as a healthcare professional about working in Switzerland and how we can help you get started there. Switzerland is a country known for its beautiful landscapes, excellent standard of living and strong economy. Not surprisingly, more and more physiotherapists are choosing to work in Switzerland. If you are interested in working in Switzerland, you have come to the right place. We will be happy to help you find the best opportunities and guide you throughout the process. Read on to find out more about working as a healthcare professional in Switzerland and how we can support you.
Get to know Switzerland
Switzerland borders Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein and Austria. Among other things, the country is known for its Alps, making it the ultimate winter sports location. Are you a winter sports lover? Then this is the place to go! In summer, the Swiss landscape turns into a fairytale. From hiking in mountains to adventurous mountain bike rides, it’s all possible when you go to live and work in Switzerland!
The Swiss keep their traditions alive. The most famous tradition, of course, is yodelling. Yodelling was used in the past to cover long distances in mountainous areas. Nowadays, the Swiss still love it. You will also come across many other traditions such as flag waving, Alpine horn blowing and wrestling. All these traditions are at the heart of the country and should definitely not be missed on your bucket list. Besides all these traditions, you will not often sit still in your new home town. There are an awful lot of fun sports to discover. In summer, you can go hiking, horse riding, canoeing, sailing, paragliding, windsurfing, mountain climbing and water-skiing. In winter, you can entertain yourself with skiing, snowboarding, sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and curling, among others.
Besides the mountains and sports, it is also great fun to discover all the vibrant cities. Think of cities like Zurich, Geneva, Bern or Lugano. There is much more to experience when you start your adventure! The ideal thing about Switzerland is that it is very central in Europe. You can easily cross the border and visit your family in just a few hours. Are you curious to know what vacancies we have?
Life in Switzerland
When you hear someone say ”I live in Switzerland”, you probably immediately think of snow-capped mountain peaks. However, this is not the only thing this beautiful country has to offer you. Switzerland has an image of mountains and snow, which makes many people mistakenly think it is a cold country. The country has no less than four different climates. From the cold mountain climate to the warm sea climate close to Italy. If it rains in your area, you will be in a completely different climate within two hours of trains. Because of these climates, you can enjoy a beer in the sun in summer and go skiing in the mountains in winter. To end your day nicely and deliciously, a delicious dinner should not be missed, of course. Well-known tasty Swiss dishes are raclette, cheese fondue or rösti.
Living in Switzerland
The Swiss are of all walks of life. They speak French, German and Italian and have a large international community. It is useful if you have a little command of the German language before working in Switzerland. You will receive your wages in Swiss francs (CHF). But it is useful to know that you can also pay in euros. Generally, you can get a little more than 10 Swiss francs for 10 euros.
Regular housing is slightly more expensive than you are probably used to. Due to the high cost of housing, it is also common in Switzerland as an entry-level healthcare professional to share accommodation with one or more co-tenants to save costs (mainly in urban areas). Most institutions also have staff housing available, as they rely on foreign staff. The time you can live there is often limited, but you can at least stay there during your probationary period. CareToMatch supports you in finding housing. Questions about living in Switzerland? Send us an whatsapp message!
Working in Switzerland
Switzerland has a strong economy and is an attractive country to work in, therefore there is a large international community. CareToMatch makes sure you land on an ideal work environment based on your requirements. So if you would like to work with people from the same country, you can. The Swiss are generally hardworking people, and a full working week consists of 42 hours on average. They also like to take breaks and enjoy going for a walk, playing sports or chatting with colleagues during their breaks. There is no better place to meet new people! Working as a healthcare professional in Switzerland also brings with it one big advantage namely: money! You will soon earn 2-3x as much as in other European countries. This salary can leave you with almost 2000 euros per month to save or use for fun things!
Information evening – Living and working in Switzerland
Already excited but want more information? We at CareToMatch regularly organise an online webinar about living and working in Switzerland. In this webinar, we talk about what is so special about living and working in Switzerland? What can CareToMatch do for you? And other relevant topics. Interested? Then sign up now for the next webinar!
See the experiences of healthcare professionals in Switzerland
Switzerland offers many opportunities for healthcare professionals. Of course, moving to another country is not a step you take lightly. We therefore asked some care professional in Switzerland to tell us something about:
- How they were received in Switzerland;
- What securities you get;
- What advancement opportunities there are;
- How they experience the adventure, the language and the country.
Arranging a job in Switzerland can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, it is not that overwhelming, because we are here for you! In a few easy steps, we will help you on your way to your dream job in Switzerland.
Below we explain how we work, what each step entails, and what we do for you. Do you still have other questions? Feel free to contact us.
Step 1: Registration
If you would like to work in Switzerland, please express your interest by emailing, emailing or calling. You can also register right away via the website and send us your CV. Fill in our wish list and then we will do a small screening based on some data. We will schedule a telephone or video call to get to know you, explain our working methods and answer all your questions.
Step 2: Conversation
During the interview, we would like to hear more about your motivation and your ideal job. We will tell you about the different steps in your search and life in Switzerland. The main purpose of the interview is to get to know you and how we can help you along the way. If you have responded to a vacancy, we will of course also discuss it.
Step 3: Preparation
From now on, CareToMatch is going to help you in the preparatory steps to take on this adventure carefree. With our interactive checklist, we will guide you step by step through all the things you need to arrange. From checking the contract to finding social contacts in the neighbourhood. We support you throughout the process, as much as you need.
Step 4: Placement process
Based on your requirements and your profile, we introduce you to potential employers to make the perfect match. If the employer is interested in your profile, we will exchange contact details so that you can contact the employer yourself. This way, you can get acquainted and see if it is a possible match.
Step 5: The match
If you are not quite sure yet, there is the possibility that CareToMatch will give you an allowance to get to know the organisation in Switzerland. This way, you can walk along for part of the day or get a taste of the atmosphere. Have you found your ideal job and is there a mutual match? Then we can get started.
Looking for a job through us gives you a number of advantages. CareToMatch personally knows very many clinics, practices, hospitals and other healthcare institutions. With this network we can bring you faster into contact with an organisation that really suits you. You don’t have to look for a job yourself, which can save you a lot of time. We will discuss your needs with you and then find a suitable workplace for you. Employers you get in touch with have seen your CV and wishes and are genuinely interested in you. The chances of you getting the job are then very high.
Embarking on a new adventure in Switzerland is not an overnight thing. This therefore means that there are some things that need to be arranged so that you can start without any worries. Fortunately, we can help with that. We tell you everything you need to get started as a healthcare professional in Switzerland. Among other things, we provide information on working conditions, finances, insurance. There is also a step-by-step plan so that all the things that need to be arranged are clear.
During the process, we take care of a number of things:
- Personal contact and guidance
- Travel or language course allowance
Sign up and see if Switzerland is for you!
Some seek adventure and a permanent holiday feeling. The other seeks stability and wants more patient treatment time with less administration. Are you curious to know whether Switzerland would suit you too? Then sign up for a no-obligation interview.