The importance of temporary inflow of natural persons for the
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 11

Pierre E. Page President TKS-Teknosoft Ltd PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 61 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

The importance of temporary inflow of natural persons for the Swiss IT Market Joint WTO-World Bank symposium on the movement of natural persons (mode 4) under the GATS Geneva, April 11-12, 2002. Logistics/Administration/Powerpoint/Divers/WTO-12APRIL2002.ppt. Pierre E. Page

Download Presentation

Pierre E. Page President TKS-Teknosoft Ltd

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

The importance of temporary inflow of natural persons for the Swiss IT MarketJoint WTO-World Bank symposium on the movement of natural persons (mode 4) under the GATSGeneva, April 11-12, 2002

Logistics/Administration/Powerpoint/Divers/WTO-12APRIL2002.ppt

Pierre E. Page

President TKS-Teknosoft Ltd

1


Switzerland an open country

  • Switzerland is a service economy

  • 3/4 of active population

    • 2/3 of GNP

Switzerland - an open country

  • Open

    • 19,7 % of foreign population at end 2001

    • Inflow of 150’000 asylum seekers (1997-2001)

    • 50% of GNP produced by exports

  • Economically strong

    • Size: 41’284 km2

    • Population (2001)

      - Total: 7’204’000

      - Active: 3’938’000

      GNP2000: CHF 451,4 bios

2


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

Switzerland - a net exporter of services

Service exports

1996-1999

CHF 46,5 billions

Service imports

1996-1999

CHF 20,7 billions

Swiss services trade surplus 1996-1999: CHF 25,8 billions

BUT…

The net outflow of scientists/researchers from Switzerland amounts to approximately 400 professionals per year

3


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

From a service economy to an information society

  • 2/3 of Swiss GNP produced by services

  • IT manpower in Switzerland: 67’500 staff

  • Total IT manpower cost: CHF 4,9 billions/year (a)

  • Penetration of IT in Swiss Businesses

    • 70% of Swiss businesses use IT

    • 56% of all workplaces are equipped with IT resources

  • BUT…

(a) Source: Swiss Federal Statistic Office-Indicator of the swiss information society 1999

4


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

From a service economy to an information society

  • Lack of qualified IT staff

    • Open positions : 10’500

  • Number of graduates per year in informatics

    • EPFL & ETHZ : 260 (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology)

    • HTL/ETS : 300 (Engineering schools)

  • Less than 5% of IT staff have an informatics university degree

Temporary inflow of IT Specialists is needed and welcome

5


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

The GATS rules as applicable and applied in Switzerland

  • No hidden hurdles

    • Conditions are clear and known

    • Conditions match the agreement as signed by Switzerland

  • How to obtain a work permit?

    1.Annual work permits quotas decided by federal government

    2.Signed employment contract

    3.Minimum salary and social security conditions

    4.University degree

    5.No change of job, profession and/or location (state) allowed

6


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

The GATS rules as applicable and applied in Switzerland

  • Advantages of the GATS for the employee

    1.Recruiting priority criteria have been suppressed

    • For Swiss manpower

    • For preferential recruiting areas

      2.Appeal against administration’s decisions handled by a court and not by administrative authorities

7


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

Overall work permit quotas for 2002

  • Up to 15 days for business promotion only = business visa

  • 120 days over one calendar year: no quota

  • Up to 4 consecutive months: no quota

  • Short term residence permit (up to 18 months) : 24’000

  • Year-round residence permit (up to 48 months) : 7’000

  • Rough estimates: 5000 work permits for IT staff granted

    per year

  • Over last 5 years, quotas never exhausted

  • New regulations & quotas to be implemented for

    Switzerland-EU bilateral agreements

8


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

Procedure to obtain a work permit under GATS regulations

  • Switzerland being a federal state, work permit application originates with the cantons

    • Cantonal labour market authority

    • Cantonal alien police authority

  • The procedure is canton-dependent

  • Elapsed time to obtain a work permit: 4-8 weeks

  • The candidate cannot be in Switzerland during work permit procedure

9


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

The GATS work permit procedure:

Room for improvement

  • Authorization for families

    • Currently: granted for 18/48-month work permit

    • Proposition: granted for 4/6-month work permit too

  • Regulations for work permit renewal

    • Currently: amazingly complex

    • Proposition: simplify and reduce « off-Switzerland »

      period between 2 work permits

  • Business visa duration

    • Currently: 15 consecutive days, single entry

    • Proposition: up to 30 consecutive days, multiple entries

10


Pierre e page president tks teknosoft ltd

Practical learnings from the application of GATS regulations for IT staff

Comply to the law and stick to the applicable procedure

There is a level playing field there !

  • The Swiss authorities can be reached and cooperate

  • No hidden hurdle

  • Work permit procedure generally reliable and fast

  • A few changes may improve the overall procedure

11


  • Login