Safe and secure living
Switzerland is an affluent country and its salary levels are correspondingly high. The gross salaries are among the highest in Europe, while the social insurance contributions and taxes are considerably lower than those of, say, Germany. Employees can depend on an outstanding social welfare system, which guarantees financial support for situations ranging from unemployment and accidents at work to retirement.


There is no statutory minimum wage in Switzerland. However, many sectors have a collective employment agreement (Gesamtarbeitsvertrag – GAV) in which minimum wages are laid down.

The amount specified in the employment contract is the gross salary. However, your social insurance contributions will be deducted from this and you will receive a net salary.…

Social benefits

Social insurance is financed by the inhabitants of Switzerland. The principle of solidarity applies: the majority of the population pays in, while individuals and certain…

Maternity & family

Family is important to people in Valais – and not just emotionally. The canton of Valais leads the way in supporting young families and is one of the cantons that pays the highest family allowances

Family allowances People who have children are financially supported with family allowances. These are paid for children up to the age of 16 as child allowances…


Tax on three levels
The federal system in Switzerland means that taxes are levied at three levels: municipal, cantonal and federal. A distinction is made between direct

Your primary residence is used as the place of reference for direct taxes. Since the majority of tax is levied at cantonal and municipal levels, the amount of direct tax charged…