Thomas Brenzikofer

Thomas Brenzikofer

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Panorama Basel (img: Andreas Zimmermann)

Panorama Basel (img: Andreas Zimmermann)


Basel region creates more jobs

In 2017, the number of available jobs rose throughout Switzerland when compared with the previous year. On account of its rapidly growing economy, the Canton of Basel-Stadt registered the strongest increase. Basel-Landschaft also stands out for its high level of job vacancies.

According to figures from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), 5,581 job seekers were registered with the Regional Employment Centre (RAV) of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, while a further 5,895 were signed up in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft. The Jobradar generated by X28 AG reveals that job advertisements in the two cantons totalled 9,369. 

When compared with the rest of the country, the Basel region therefore saw the greatest rise in vacancies. The economy is not only growing in the Basel region: according to a report by the “Tages-Anzeiger”, more professionals are currently being sought in 24 of 26 Swiss cantons than one year previously. Notably, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries in the Basel region are among the sectors in which the number of job vacancies grew substantially over the last year. “The situation is developing brilliantly at the moment,” Jan-Egbert Sturm, Director of KOF Swiss Economic Institute  at ETH Zürich, is quoted as saying in the magazine report. “We are in fact seeing a significant increase in the number of job vacancies. Ever more companies intend to create new jobs, especially in the area of exports.” 

As at the reporting date of 15 November, Jobradar – which covers the whole of Switzerland – lists a total of 177,749 job vacancies. Of these, 18,633 positions are at management level. At the end of November, 137,317 individuals were registered unemployed with the RAV, the SECO reported. In theory, the number of vacancies is therefore greater than demand.

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