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Employee Benefits in Switzerland

  • February 2015
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  • Timetric
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  • 73 pages

The Swiss social security system comprises various forms of social insurance, which aim to protect people living and working in Switzerland, and their dependents. It is organized federally, and social security responsibilities are divided between federal and cantonal authorities. The Swiss social security system consists of five components: old-age and disability pension; protection against the consequences of illness and accidents; income compensation allowances for military, civilian or civil defense services; maternity and unemployment insurance; and family allowances.
The Swiss economy is based on a highly qualified labor force performing highly skilled work. Most of the country’s residents are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises.

The report provides in-depth industry analysis, information and insights into employee benefits in Switzerland, including:

- An overview of state and compulsory benefits in Switzerland

- Detailed information about private benefits in Switzerland

- Insights into the various central institutions responsible for the administration of the different branches of social security

- The regulatory framework of employee benefits in Switzerland

This report provides a detailed analysis of employee benefits in Switzerland:

- It offers a detailed analysis of the key government-sponsored employee benefits, along with private benefits.

- It covers an exhaustive list of employee benefits, including retirement benefits, death in service, long-term disability benefits, short-term sickness, medical benefits, workmen’s compensation insurance, maternity and paternity benefits, family benefits, minimum resources, long-term care, unemployment and private benefits

- It highlights the economic and regulatory situations relating to employee benefits in Switzerland.

Reasons To Buy
- Make strategic decisions using in-depth information related to employee benefits in Switzerland

- Assess Switzerland’s employee benefits market, including state and compulsory benefits and private benefits

- Gain insights into the key employee benefit schemes offered by private employers in Switzerland

- Gain insights into key organizations governing Switzerland’s employee benefits, and their impact on companies

Key Highlights
- The social security system encompasses pension insurance, sickness and maternity insurance, accident insurance, family benefits and unemployment insurance.

- Benefits under the Swiss social security system are primarily funded through contributions made by the employer, employee, the Swiss Confederation and Cantons.

- In Switzerland, employers provide employees with private benefits, over and above state and compulsory benefits for the development and retention of employees.

Table Of Contents

Employee Benefits in Switzerland
Table of Contents
1 Executive Summary
2 Introduction
2.1 What is this Report About?
2.2 Definitions
3 Country Statistics
4 Overview of Employee Benefits in Switzerland
5 Regulations
6 State and Compulsory Benefits
6.1 Retirement Benefits
6.1.1 Introduction
6.1.2 Types of retirement plan
6.1.3 Eligibility
6.1.4 Age
6.1.5 Pensionable salary
6.1.6 Benefits
6.1.7 Payment options
6.1.8 Typical employer practice
6.1.9 Employee and employer contributions
6.1.10 Taxation
6.2 Death in Service
6.2.1 Introduction
6.2.2 Eligibility
6.2.3 Benefits
6.2.4 Payment options
6.2.5 Typical employer practice
6.2.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.2.7 Taxation
6.3 Long-Term Disability Benefits
6.3.1 Introduction
6.3.2 Eligibility
6.3.3 Benefits
6.3.4 Payment options
6.3.5 Typical employer practice
6.3.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.3.7 Taxation
6.4 Short-Term Sickness Benefits
6.4.1 Introduction
6.4.2 Eligibility
6.4.3 Benefits
6.4.4 Payment options
6.4.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.4.6 Taxation
6.5 Medical Benefits
6.5.1 Introduction
6.5.2 Eligibility
6.5.3 Benefits
6.5.4 Payment options
6.5.5 Typical employer practice
6.5.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.6 Workmen's Compensation Insurance
6.6.1 Introduction
6.6.2 Eligibility
6.6.3 Benefits
6.6.4 Payment options
6.6.5 Typical employer practice
6.6.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.6.7 Taxation
6.7 Maternity and Paternity Benefits
6.7.1 Introduction
6.7.2 Eligibility
6.7.3 Benefits
6.7.4 Payment options
6.7.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.7.6 Taxation
6.8 Family Benefits
6.8.1 Introduction
6.8.2 Eligibility
6.8.3 Benefits
6.8.4 Payment options
6.8.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.8.6 Taxation
6.9 Minimum Resources
6.9.1 Introduction
6.9.2 Eligibility
6.9.3 Benefits
6.9.4 Payment options
6.9.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.9.6 Taxation
6.1 Long-Term care
6.10.1 Introduction
6.10.2 Eligibility
6.10.3 Benefits
6.10.4 Payment options
6.10.5 Taxation
6.11 Unemployment
6.11.1 Introduction
6.11.2 Eligibility
6.11.3 Benefits
6.11.4 Payment options
6.11.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.11.6 Taxation
7 Private Benefits
7.1 Retirement Benefits
7.2 Disability Benefits
7.3 Death Benefits
7.4 Medical and Health Benefits
7.5 Work Injury Benefits
7.6 Other Benefits
8 Macroeconomic Indicators
8.1 Economic Performance
8.1.1 GDP at constant prices (US$)
8.1.2 GDP per capita at constant prices (US$)
8.1.3 GDP at current prices (US$)
8.1.4 GDP per capita at current prices (US$)
8.1.5 GDP by key sector
8.1.6 Inflation rate
8.1.7 Annual average exchange rate US$-CHF
8.1.8 Unemployment rate
8.1.9 Household consumption expenditure
8.1.10 Gross national disposable income
8.2 Demographics
8.2.1 Labor force
8.2.2 Total population
8.2.3 Urban and rural populations
9 Appendix
9.1 Methodology
9.2 Contact Timetric
9.3 About Timetric
9.4 Timetric's Services
9.5 Disclaimer

List of Tables
Table 1: Definitions
Table 2: Switzerland - Country Statistics
Table 3: Swiss Survivor's Pensions - Federal Insurance Scheme
Table 4: Swiss Long-Term Disability Benefits - Amount of Disability Pension
Table 5: Swiss Family Benefits - Agriculture
Table 6: Swiss Family Benefits - Other Sectors
Table 7: Swiss Minimum Resources - Amount of Basic Needs
Table 8: Swiss Long-Term Care - Age Limit
Table 9: Swiss Long-Term Care - Helplessness Allowance - Disability Insurance
Table 10: Swiss Long-Term Care - Helplessness Allowance - Old-Age and Survivor's Insurance
Table 11: Swiss Long-Term Care - Helplessness Allowance - Accident Insurance
Table 12: Swiss Unemployment - Helplessness Allowance
Table 13: Swiss Private Benefits - Contribution Table for Old-Age Benefits

List of Figures
Figure 1: Six Organizations of the Swiss Social Security System
Figure 2: Swiss GDP at Constant Prices (US$ Billion), 2008-2012
Figure 3: Swiss GDP Per Capita at Constant Prices (US$), 2008-2012
Figure 4: Swiss GDP at Current Prices (US$ Billion), 2008-2012
Figure 5: Swiss GDP Per Capita at Current Prices (US$), 2008-2012
Figure 6: Swiss GDP by Key Sector (%), 2007 and 2011
Figure 7: Swiss Inflation Rate (%), 2008-2012
Figure 8: Swiss Annual Average Exchange Rate US$-CHF, 2008-2012
Figure 9: Swiss Unemployment Rate (%), 2008-2012
Figure 10: Swiss Household Consumption Expenditure (US$ Billion), 2007-2011
Figure 11: Swiss Gross National Disposable Income (US$ Billion), 2007-2011
Figure 12: Swiss Size of Labor Force (Million), 2008-2012
Figure 13: Swiss Total Population (Million), 2008-2012
Figure 14: Swiss Urban and Rural Populations (%), 2008-2012

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