Job registration requirement

In February 2014 the initiative “Against mass immigration“ was adopted by Swiss voters. Parliament subsequently decided to introduce a job registration requirement for occupations with a high level of unemployment. This is intended to better utilise the potential of the domestic workforce.

On 8 December 2017, the Federal Council agreed on how to implement the Act for Implementing the Article of the Constitution for Managing Immigration (Art. 121a of the Federal Constitution) at ordinance level.

Here you can find the ongoing, up-to-date information on the job registration requirement that has applied since 1 July 2018.

 
 


Explanatory video: What does the job registration requirement mean for employers and jobseekers?

 

Flyers / Directives / List of occupation types / Check-Up

 

Stellenmeldepflicht: Das Wichtigste auf einen Blick! (PDF, 1 MB, 03.05.2018)

Stellenmeldepflicht: Informationsvorsprung für Stellensuchende (PDF, 148 kB, 05.11.2018)

AVG-Praxis öAV (in German, French and Italian only) (PDF, 522 kB, 16.10.2023)
Part B of the bulletin regarding public employment services (Bulletin LSE SPE/AVG-Praxis öAV) contains directives regarding the obligation to advertise vacant positions.

The list of occupation types that have to be registered in 2024 (in German) (PDF, 151 kB, 29.11.2023)

Use the Check-Up 2024 to see quickly and easily if your job has to be registered.
 

 
 

 

Execution of the job registration requirement


On 1 November 2019, SECO published its first implementation monitoring report on the job registration requirement. The report concluded that employers were satisfying the registration requirement and that implementation overall was legally compliant.

Since then, SECO has been publishing an annual monitoring report on implementation of the job registration requirement.

SECO has also commissioned four evaluations looking at the impact and implementation of the job registration requirement during its rollout phase.

Fifth report on the execution of the job registration requirement 2023, May 2024 (in German) (PDF, 980 kB, 24.05.2024)

Fourth report on the execution of the job registration requirement 2022, May 2023 (in German) (PDF, 1 MB, 25.05.2023)

Third report on the execution of the job registration requirement 2021, May 2022 (in German) (PDF, 1 MB, 10.05.2022)

Second report on the execution of the job registration requirement 2020, June 2021 (in German) (PDF, 3 MB, 14.06.2021)

First report on the execution of the job registration requirement, November 2019 (in German) (PDF, 1 MB, 01.11.2019)

Studies in German with a summary in French, Italian and English:
Monitoring evaluation of the job vacancy notice obligation I (Labour market study/June 2021) (PDF, 4 MB, 10.06.2021)
Monitoring evaluation of the job vacancy notice obligation II (Labour market study/June 2021) (PDF, 4 MB, 10.06.2021)
Impact evaluation of the job vacancy notice obligation I (Labour market study/June 2021) (PDF, 5 MB, 10.06.2021)
Impact evaluation of the job vacancy notice obligation II (Labour market study/June 2021) (PDF, 1 MB, 10.06.2021)

Study in German:
Die Praxis der Personalsuche Veränderungen durch die Einführung der Stellenmeldepflicht 2022 (PDF, 3 MB, 06.05.2022)

Articles on the individual evaluations are available at:
Die Volkswirtschaft - Plattform für Wirtschaftspolitik:
Stellenmeldepflicht auf dem Prüfstand
 

 
 

 

Reports


Report in German:


FAQ on the job registration requirement

Check-Up: Does your job have to be registered?

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