Q1 2022: Insights into Switzerland’s Finance Employment Market

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Despite the current working from home restrictions and the rising COVID-19 case numbers, the start of 2022 feels much more positive than 2021, as businesses have learnt to adapt to different ways of working and confidence remains high.

Although recruitment slowed slightly in December, it was only to the level that is normally expected at that time of year and the first quarter of the year is likely to see a growth in opportunities available within Finance.

What happened in Q4?

We saw further evidence of the competition for talent and many candidates found themselves in the fortunate position of having a choice of job offers to choose from, including counter offers from their current employer, due to the desire and need to retain talent.

The temporary work from home restrictions raised the subject of hybrid working again and businesses requiring four or five days in the office found that their choice of candidates was more limited. Should this trend continue, then companies recruiting 100% office-based employees will seriously damage the quality of their workforce.

Following on from our market hotspot article in July 2021 around increasing interest in candidates with strong data visualisation experience, we have seen a rise in the number of employers asking for Finance professionals with advanced skills in Power BI, Tableau and other such packages. When we have identified good candidates with this profile and taken them to market, there has been a positive response, resulting in both interviews and placements.

One of the things that has become increasingly apparent, but over a much longer period of time, is that the continued relocation out of Switzerland of transactional and more junior Finance roles at international companies has made recruiting at this level far more difficult, as the audience for these roles has reduced in size.

What do we expect in 2022?

Businesses have been dealing with change due to COVID-19 for nearly two years, and have introduced new working practices and methods to ensure continued operation and progress. This improved change management capability, coupled with the mitigation of COVID-19 impact provided by vaccines and boosters, suggests that 2022 will be a stronger year than 2021, with more opportunities for Finance professionals.

Competition for staff will remain strong and may result in pressure on salaries and benefits, as candidates have more options available to them.

How can EMEA Recruitment help you?

In a market that is changing quickly, the most valuable commodity to both job seekers and employers is timely and accurate insight. As specialists in Finance recruitment in Switzerland, the Finance & Accountancy team at EMEA Recruitment has this in abundance and is happy to share with both candidates and clients.

If there is anything you would like to know about the market, to either help you plan your next career move or to assist you in recruiting more effectively into your business, we would be happy to talk to you: mark.robinson@emearecruitment.com