Switzerland is one of the most delightful countries in Europe with stunning landscapes and a pleasant, orderly urban environment. TEFL salaries are high but so are living costs. However, an excellent standard of living is possible for native English speakers. As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations (unless they happen to be married to a Swiss national!) There is considerable demand for Business English classes with native speakers.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and self-employed||1,500 – 3,000||Various but often involving weekends and evenings||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||3,000 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Bern, Geneva, Zurich.
Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.
1. To find out more, you may wish to visit the English Teachers Association Switzerland (ETAS) website.
2. Consider becoming a self-employed tutor so that you can work when you like and potentially earn a higher salary.
3. Learn some German before you arrive. This will make day-to-day life much, much easier.
As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.
Cost of living
High – accommodation, food and transport. But, then again, the standard of living is very high too.
Tax and salary information
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. Some EU nationals (particularly British and Irish) decide to become self-employed tutors as the profit margins and flexibility can be attractive when compared to working for a typical language centre.
|Decent salaries||Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals|
|One of the most beautiful countries in Europe||High living costs|
|An efficient and pleasant working environment in which daily tasks can be accomplished easily||It can be difficult without German language skills|
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