In Switzerland, the level of salaries varies considerably depending on the sector of activity and the region. They are negotiated either individually or collectively.
Swiss law does not define a minimum wage: the amount of the salary is most often agreed between the employer and the worker at the time of hiring.
However, some collective labour agreements and standard employment contracts provide for compulsory minimum wages for certain categories of professions. The salary is agreed between the employer and the worker. It depends on many factors (experience, qualifications, region, etc.). The amount of the salary is fixed monthly or hourly. The salary is generally paid at the end of the month by the employer into your bank or postal account. It is important to check that your salary has been paid into your account. Employees in principle receive a monthly salary statement.
Employees may give formal notice to the employer to pay them, within a suitable period, their salary and threaten to suspend their professional activities if they have not received their remuneration in due time, provided that they have previously carried out the agreed work. A 13th salary is only due if it has been expressly agreed in the employment contract or if it is provided for by an applicable collective labour agreement or standard employment contract.
Special remuneration is generally provided for work performed temporarily at night, on Sundays and on public holidays. But this is not the case when night or Sunday work is regular. To find out about the salaries in use in a profession, there are salary calculators, some of which are listed on the link below.
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The employer must respect the principle of equality between women and men in the field of wages. The Bureau de l’Egalité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (Gender Equality Office) will tell you how to proceed in the event of discrimination in employment relationships.