How to find a job as Software Developer in Switzerland? (step by step guide)
How difficult is to find a job as a Software Developer in Switzerland?
This is a commonly asked question.
Switzerland is one of the best countries to work in as a Software Engineer.
In terms of salary, you can easily earn above 100,000 CHF (note: 1 CHF ~ 1 USD), add to that the European work-life balance and beautiful nature - lakes and mountains.
Because of that, and the fact that Switzerland is a rather small country with a population of just below 8.5 million, finding a job here isn’t particularly easy. The IT market in Switzerland is much smaller compared to Germany or France.
There are a few factors that you need to consider and might work either in your favor or against you:
1. Work experience and technologies - while finding a job in Switzerland is not easy, good luck finding a job as a Junior Software Engineer, especially when you are a foreigner. Most of the companies are looking for Developers with 2+ years of experience (since they are going to pay them 100,000 per year, anyway).
Having said that, it is possible to find a job even as a Junior but you would be rather looking at internship/trainee offers.
2. Being from Switzerland or EU - if you are a citizen of one of the EU countries it will be pretty easy for you to obtain a work permit in Switzerland - it is a matter of filling the papers after you get the job.
However, if you are from a different region, say the United States or India, the process becomes more difficult. In such a case, the employer needs to offer you a visa sponsorship and prove to the government that it was not possible to find a qualified person in Switzerland for that position.
Again, if you are a great developer, you might get this chance, but in most of the cases, companies will restrict their potential candidates to just the EU + Switzerland region.
3. Language skills - Switzerland has 4 official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh.
Speaking the main language of the part you would be in is definitely an advantage and many companies require it. However, you can still pretty easily find a job with English only.