We participated to the event organised by the CCIFS at the Ramada Encore Hotel in Geneva on 15th November 2017.
We noted that French companies that set-up business in Switzerland, whatever the legal form (S.A. or SàRL), based their decision on the following criteria :
- Competencies : Switzerland offers a high degree of education and the competencies in either services, micro-electronics, bio-chemicals, pharma, industry and finance-banking are of very high level. This allows newly established companies to improve their competitiveness at the quality level.
- Language skills are a forte of resources found in Switzerland and, again, bring value to the company.
- Costs and legal environment. While salaries are indeed high, employer costs are drastically lower than in France. In Switzerland average employer costs are between 18 and 23% and in France between 45 and 53%. VAT in France is 20% and in 2018, VAT in Switzerland will be lowered from 8% to 7.7%. Working hours in Switzerland are most often around 40-42 hours, while in France only 35 hours. But most of all there is a general “employment peace” and a traditional Swiss culture to first discuss in case of a disagreement before having any strike. In France, it has become a “tradition” to first go on strike before having any negotiation.
- Close relation with the authorities and the capacity to meet with high quality business partners.
GR Mobility has accompanied quite a number of French companies in their projects of relocating all or part of their business to Switzerland. We have in-house Relocation, Immigration, Expense Management and HR-Legal support services that sets us apart from other more traditional relocation companies.