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Information for finding a job in Basel

Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland. It is home to a multitude of renowned companies operating in a variety of industries. It is no wonder that workers from all walks of life are attracted to this dynamic city in the center of Europe.

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Salary levels in Basel

Alongside Zurich and Geneva, Basel is a destination of choice for job search and recruitment. The city is associated with an average gross annual salary of around CHF 65,500, all sectors included. Many executives also consider Basel to be a real job center when looking for a new position.

The IT, medical, chemical and pharmaceutical industries are the major sectors that recruit qualified profiles in management, administration, marketing and research & development with salaries in the upper end of the scale.


Quality of life & working in Basel

Located in northwestern Switzerland, Basel offers a wide range of employment opportunities in various sectors. This city on the border with France and Germany, known for its dynamism and prosperity, has a very low unemployment rate. It is home to Europe's largest chemical and pharmaceutical industries, earning it the name "Bio Valley". Novartis, Roche, Syngenta... all major international companies that contribute to its reputation.

Moreover, Basel's geographical location makes it an integral part of the so-called "German-speaking" part of Switzerland. A good command of German is therefore a prerequisite for working there and, above all, for better integration. Nevertheless, most of the companies located in the city have often adopted English as their working language.

In 2019, Mercer ranked the city among the top 10 in the world for its quality of life. The city is divided into districts around the Rhine: Kleinbasel on the right bank and Greater Basel on the left bank. It is a place full of history with many museums, monuments and events. Very well served with an international airport and the development of clean transportation, it is a city that allows easy and fast travel.


Sectors that recruit the most in Basel

The large number of job offers makes Basel one of the most attractive cities in Switzerland for workers. This naturally attracts a large number of young graduates from countries of the European Union. The list of sectors providing jobs includes the pharmaceutical industry, medical technology, chemistry, biochemistry, but also watchmaking and precision engineering. Job opportunities are also emerging in trade and logistics, communication, information technology, not to mention financial services, fashion and architecture. Jobseekers with a professorial profile are not to be outdone. Basel has not only a university, but also a large number of world-renowned educational institutions.


What is the average salary in Basel?

The average salary in Basel is CHF 65,500 gross per year across all sectors. The city is in the top 10 worldwide in the quality of life ranking.


Which sectors recruit the most in Basel?

At the top of the list of sectors that provide the most jobs in Basel are medicine, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biochemistry, precision engineering and, of course, watchmaking. The banks and insurance companies are not to be outdone.


Why work in Basel?

Basel is a city at the crossroads of Europe. There are many career opportunities here, provided that you are fluent in several languages, particularly English and German.

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