Job registration requirement from 2022

The list of occupation types that have to be registered is updated in the fourth quarter every year and applies from 1 January to 31 December of the subsequent year. The sole criterion that determines whether occupations need to be registered is an unemployment rate of at least 5% in the occupation in question.

The rates are calculated for the whole of Switzerland on the basis of the twelve-month average for occupations according to the Federal Statistical Office’s Swiss Standard Classification of Occupations CH-ISCO-19.

The list of occupation types that have to be registered in 2022 (in German) (PDF, 246 kB, 29.11.2021)

Use the Check-Up 2022 to see quickly and easily if your job has to be registered.


Explanatory note on the list of occupations that have to be registered in 2022

The list of occupations that had to be registered in 2021 already reflected the rise in unemployment that had occurred over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Owing to the ongoing above-average unemployment rate in the occupations worst hit by the pandemic, additional occupations will be subject to the job registration requirement in 2022. All the occupation types that had to be registered in 2021 will continue to be subject to the registration requirement in 2022. In addition, the following occupations will be added to the list from 2022:

  • Verkäufer/innen in Handelsgeschäften
  • Fachkräfte in Marketing und Werbung
  • Grafik- und Multimediadesigner/innen
  • Lackierer/innen und verwandte Berufe
  • Reiseverkehrsfachkräfte

SECO is aware that the extended list of occupations to be registered in 2022 compared with the previous year reflects the increase in the unemployment rate over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, but appears not to take account of the favourable labour market forecasts for the months ahead. However, as the following arguments illustrate, an extraordinary amendment of the list for 2022 is not advisable from a legal or economic point of view: 

  • The current legal provisions set out in the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act (FNIA) and in the Recruitment Ordinance (RecO), which expressly govern the compilation of these lists, do not leave any leeway for potential amendments to the lists in the event of special situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Most of the newly added occupations have only just fallen short of the threshold value of 5% unemployment in recent years, which is why the new list of occupations that have to be registered is plausible in light of economic developments.
  • A list that changes too quickly is not workable for implementation of the job registration requirement. In particular, it would adversely affect planning security for businesses.
  • Registering vacancies with the RAV can pay off for employers. They can take advantage of free placement services from the public employment centre and a Job-Room account.
  • In an economic upturn, like the current labour market recovery, the benefit of job registrations can increase: for employers because it supports their increased recruitment efforts and for jobseekers because it means there are generally more vacancies to be filled.
  • In the interests of professional mobility, jobseekers should look for jobs outside of their former occupation.
  • Despite decreasing figures, the unemployment rate has not yet reached the low level it was at pre-pandemic. The threshold of 5% is well above the current national unemployment rate of just under 3%.