Employers sending foreign assignees to Switzerland seem to be doing a good job in supporting them, according to findings from the Expat Insider Business Edition Country Focus. The report zooms in on relocating spouses, foreign assignees, and international hires living in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK, and the USA.
Solid Relocation Support Received
When looking specifically at the relocation support that these expats received, having their move organized outshines the other support types, with 87% indicating that they received this. This is more than ten percentage points higher than the global average of foreign assignees receiving this type of support — 75%. It is also the largest share of foreign assignees receiving assistance with their move, compared to the other featured countries — those in the UAE (86%) and the Netherlands (also 86%) come in at close second.
Language classes could also be considered as important to employers sending assignees to Switzerland, as 56% received this as part of their relocation support. Furthermore, 61% found these classes useful.
Another positive aspect from the findings is that assignees in Switzerland are more likely to receive access to local networking and socializing opportunities, as well as membership in an expat organization, which according to findings from the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition are some of the less commonly and more desired support types it. Of the foreign assignees there, 20% received networking opportunities (above the 16% global average), 19% received socializing opportunities (also above the 16% global average), and 10% received membership in an expat organization (above the 8% global average). Compared to the other countries featured in the report, Switzerland has the largest share of foreign assignees receiving networking from their employers, which is also four percentage points higher than the second-largest share — assignees in the Netherlands (16%).
Even though employers sending assignees to Switzerland are setting the bar for these more personal types of relocation support, assignees in the country all still indicate a significant desire for it — more than 65% state that they would have liked opportunities for networking, socializing, and being part of an expat network.
Ease of Settling In and Becoming Friends with Locals Have Room for Improvement
Getting used to the country and feeling at home in Swiss culture does not seem to be so easy for foreign assignees in the country — just over half of them (51%) indicate that it’s easy to get used to the local culture. This number is also seven percentage points lower than the global average of 58%.
While making friends in general is a challenge for assignees in Switzerland, making local friends seems to be the biggest problem, as these expats give the country some of the worst ratings of the nine featured countries — 60% indicate difficulties with becoming friends with locals. Only foreign assignees in France are even less satisfied (63%).
Therefore, while employers seem to be on a good track in supporting their foreign assignees, the survey results indicate that more can be done to support these expats in Switzerland.
Find out more in the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition Country Focus: The report zooms in on Foreign Assignees, International Hires, and Relocating Spouses in nine featured countries. Mini reports for each country provide insights into issues relating to these expats and their employers on topics such as relocation support, settling in, and happiness.
Expat Insider 2018 | Business Edition Country Focus