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Published weekly, the articles in this section provide information for SMEs on the following topics:

  • The latest economic developments
  • New studies related to SMEs in Switzerland
  • Useful news for companies

The most recent articles are also posted on the SME Portal homepage.

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2023

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New record for job market

(01.02.2023) The economic downturn has not affected the demand for labor. The Swiss Job Market Index, published by the Adecco Group and the University of Zurich, shows that Swiss companies are still looking to hire, with an increase of 23% in 2022.
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Exchange rates: companies protect themselves

(01.02.2023) Businesses are wary of the economic outlook. According to Credit Suisse's currency survey, which polled more than 1,000 companies, almost one in two entrepreneurs has hedged at least partially against exchange rate risks.
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Training strongly impacts salary levels

(25.01.2023) The median income of employees with professional education and training (PET) has increased significantly. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), they earn a median salary of CHF 7,800 six years after graduation.
A florist typing on her computer.

New services on EasyGov platform

(25.01.2023) As of December 15, 2022, the "VAT-declaration easy" service, with which companies can declare their taxable income online, became available on the EasyGov platform. In Thurgau, a pilot project is underway to enable work permit applications for third-country nationals.
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Swiss economy improved slightly in December

(18.01.2023) ETHZ’s Center for Economic Studies (KOF) Barometer indicated a slight rebound in the Swiss economy at the end of 2022. In December, it stood at 92.2, up 3 points from the previous month and 1.3 points higher than in October.
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WTO sees slowdown in global trade

(18.01.2023) World services trade activity weakened in the fourth half of 2022 and would remain lackluster in early 2023, according to the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Services Trade Barometer.
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Pharma, the driving force behind R&D in Switzerland

(11.01.2023) Research and development (R&D) is becoming increasingly important in Switzerland. In 2021, companies spent almost CHF 17 billion and employed about 62,000 people in research, according to a study by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) and economiesuisse.
A wood factory.

Sharp rise in bankruptcies in 2022

(11.01.2023) Bankruptcies have risen sharply in Switzerland. More than 4'300 companies closed down between January and November 2022, an increase of 21% compared to the previous year, according to the consulting firm Dun & Bradstreet. On the other hand, the number of new businesses is decreasing.
A person at a desk with a calculator.

Company law: new regulations

(04.01.2023) Adopted by Parliament in June 2020, the reform of the law on public limited companies (AGs) came into force on January 1, 2023. The new provisions aim, among other things, to relax the rules on capital and foundation and to allow the formation of share capital in foreign currency.
A man videoconferencing at home.

SMEs divided over sustainability strategies

(04.01.2023) Amidst soaring energy prices, many SMEs are taking steps towards sustainability. According to a survey by the insurance company AXA, almost half of the SMEs have a strategy in this regard, a figure that rises to 84% among SMEs with more than 50 employees.

2022

An empty workspace.

Slight decline in office real estate supply

(28.12.2022) The increase in employment since the end of the health crisis is boosting demand for office space. According to Credit Suisse's "Swiss Office Property Market 2023" study, however, supply is not shrinking as sharply as in previous economic upturns due to the trend for remote working.
Workers in a warehouse.

Business situation gloomy

(28.12.2022) Swiss companies are facing a mixed year-end outlook. The KOF Business Situation Indicator, based on approximately 4,500 company reports, stood at 20.2 in November, down 7.7 points from October.
A person at the Lindenhof in the old town of Zurich.

Hotels: foreign travelers make a strong comeback

(21.12.2022) The hotel industry posted encouraging results in summer 2022. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), 22.4 million overnight stays were recorded in Swiss accommodations between May and October 2022, an increase of 21.9% compared to summer 2021.
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Growth forecasts revised downwards for 2023

(21.12.2022) With rising energy prices and sluggish foreign demand, the Swiss economy is experiencing a slight slowdown. According to the latest report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), growth in real terms is expected to reach 0.6% in 2023.
Workers consult a site plan.

Construction: rising costs put pressure on margins

(14.12.2022) Construction continues to be stable in 2022. According to the Swiss Contractors' Association (SCA), industry sales reached CHF 6.2 billion in the third quarter. However, rising costs for materials and personnel are causing profit margins to fall.
A large corporate building.

Multinationals omnipresent in Switzerland

(14.12.2022) Almost a quarter of the country's workforce works for a multinational company. In 2021, more than 35,000 companies with a total of nearly 1.5 million jobs and sales of close to CHF 2,000 billion belonged to a multinational group, according to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
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New bilateral agreement with the UK

(07.12.2022) A new bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be effective as of January 1, 2023. Different product categories will benefit from a simplified conformity assessment procedure.
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Slowdown in the machinery industry

(07.12.2022) Concern is growing in the mechanical and electrical engineering industries (MEM) sector. According to the Swissmem trade association, orders fell by 12.4% in the third quarter. In comparison with the second quarter of 2022, incoming orders from abroad have declined by as much as 21.1%.
Two employees in a grocery store.

Non-standard employment affects younger generations most

(30.11.2022) Non-standard forms of employment have persisted in the Swiss labor market since 2020. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO, they account for 10% of employees. The rate is slightly higher among 15 to 24-year-olds and in certain elementary occupations.
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Companies remain relatively inactive in terms of ecological change

(30.11.2022) Various factors are holding back companies from making ecological changes. According to the ERM Report 2022 published by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU), 65% of the companies surveyed see costs as a major obstacle to reducing their environmental impact.
Several parked cars.

Automotive sector anticipates 2023 recovery

(23.11.2022) The automotive sector is expecting a slight improvement in the economy. According to forecasts by the BAK Institute and the Swiss Automobile Association (SAVV), the number of new vehicles on the road in 2023 will increase by 13.6% compared with 2022.
Someone switching off the lights.

Hotel industry rebound hampered by energy costs

(23.11.2022) The winter is looking relatively positive for the Swiss accommodation sector. According to a survey by HôtellerieSuisse, more than 50% of establishments expect their sales to equal or exceed their pre-Covid levels. However, rising costs are curbing this trend.

2021

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Switch to the QR-bill Picks Up Speed

(28.12.2021) The latest survey results from gfs.bern concerning the discontinuation of payment slips show: The switch of companies to the QR-bill picks up speed. Already today, around two thirds of all Swiss companies are planning to complete the switch on time.

Replacement of payment slips – majority of companies have recognized the need for action

(28.07.2021) The latest study by gfs.bern on the replacement of the current payment slips shows that the majority of companies recognize the need for action. After 30 September 2022, payments will no longer be possible in Switzerland using the red and orange payment slips. By this date at the latest, all Swiss companies must be able to issue QR-bills.
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Discontinuation of Payment Slips: Switch to QR-bill or eBill Now

(24.02.2021) PostFinance has set the end date for the current red (IS) and orange (ISR) payment slips as 30 September 2022. It is thereby supporting the digitalization of payment transactions and the corresponding follow-up products QR-bill and eBill. The red and orange payment slips will thus be definitively replaced for all Swiss bank customers. Companies are now required to switch if they have not done so already.

2018

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Companies benefit from EasyGov and SME Portal

(20.11.2018) SME Portal and EasyGov.swiss together generate annual benefits of around CHF 47 million for Swiss companies. According to a SECO study published on 20 November 2018, both of these platforms are highly appreciated by users in the economy. SME Portal alone has over 37,000 users per month.
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The SME Portal is available in English

(12.09.2018) Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, the SME Portal is now available in English. Launched on September 11 by the Secretariat of State for Economic Affairs (SECO), this new version of the site makes thousands of practical and useful information available to English-speaking leaders.

Last modification 05.01.2023

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