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Short-time work – salary calculation for Switzerland

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Gross monthly salary – before short-time work

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Salary deductions

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Non-wage labour costs (OASI/DI/income compensation/unemployment insurance)

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Details of short-time work

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How would you like to specify your short-time work?

Short-time work as a percentage of previous employment percentage

Salary resulting from short-time work

Salary for work carried outCHF 0
Short-time work compensationCHF 0
Gross salary for short-time workCHF 0
Salary deductionsCHF 0
Net salary for short-time workCHF 0
Net salary without short-time workCHF 0
Loss due to short-time workCHF 0

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Other useful information

  • General information on short-time work
  • Example salary calculations for short-time work

General information on short-time work

Short-time work is when an employer reduces the work time defined in your employment contract temporarily. This is usually due to circumstances that are beyond the employer's control, such as the economic consequences of the current measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The purpose of short-time work is to prevent unemployment and save jobs. Short-time work helps companies to survive difficult economic times and to quickly return to full productive capacity when the crisis has resolved. Employee dismissals are avoided.

During short-time work, an employee receives compensation of 80% of the salary lost through the reduction in work. This compensation is paid by the cantonal unemployment funds. However, the employee continues to receive their salary, including the short-time work compensation, from their employer. The employer clarifies the entitlements directly with the cantonal authorities.

Short-time work has no negative effect on employees in terms of the duration of any payment of unemployment benefits. Any unemployment benefits would be calculated after short-time work on the basis of the usual salary. Similarly, short-time work has no effect on social insurance contributions. Employers and employees alike must continue to contribute the full amount to old age and survivors’ insurance (OASI), disability insurance (DI), the income compensation scheme and unemployment insurance. Contributions to the occupational pension also remain the same.

Due to the coronavirus measures and their economic impact, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has resolved to simplify the administrative processes involved. In addition, changes have been made to better help those affected by the measures decided on 20 March 2020 to slow the spread of coronavirus. Some of these new points are listed below.

Entitlement to short-time work compensation

  • People on fixed-term contracts, apprentices and those working for temporary employment agencies are also entitled to short-time work compensation.
  • People who are in a position similar to employers or work for the company of a spouse or civil partner are also entitled to compensation.
  • Also entitled to short-time work compensation are those considered especially at risk and with the following illnesses and conditions in particular: high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and conditions that weaken the immune system.
  • Employees no longer need to use up their overtime before receiving short-time work compensation.


Example salary calculations for short-time work

Example 1

Retail employee with an insured salary of 4,280 francs and an employment percentage of 100%. The work hours are reduced by 50%. (The insured salary is the salary from which the OASI contributions are deducted. The 13th month, if applicable, is included.)

Employment situationSalary calculationSalary
Employment percentage: 100%n/aCHF 4,280
Work hours: 50%50% of the salary from the employerCHF 2,140
Short-time hours: 50%80% of 50% of the salary (CHF 4,280)
(short-time work compensation)
CHF 1,712
Total salaryTotal: 90% of the usual salaryCHF 3,852

Example 2

Bank manager with an insured salary of 14,000 francs and an employment percentage of 100%. The work hours are reduced by 50%. In this example, the short-time work compensation is capped.

Employment situationSalary calculationSalary
Employment percentage: 100%n/aCHF 14,000
Work hours: 50%50% of the salary from the employerCHF 7,000
Short-time hours: 50%80% of 50% of the maximum amount (CHF 12,350)
(short-time work compensation)
CHF 4,940
Total salaryTotal: 85% of the usual salaryCHF 11,940

Example 3

Administrative assistant with an insured salary of 6,800 francs and an employment percentage of 100%. The work hours are reduced by 80%.

Employment situationSalary calculationSalary
Employment percentage: 100%n/aCHF 6,800
Work hours: 20%20% of the salary from the employerCHF 1,360
Short-time hours: 80%80% of 80% of the salary (CHF 6,800)
(short-time work compensation)
CHF 4,352
Total salaryTotal: 84% of the usual salaryCHF 5,712

Example 4

Product manager with an insured salary of 7,200 francs for an employment percentage of 80%. The whole company is affected by short-time work and all employment percentages are reduced to 50%.

Employment situationSalary calculationSalary
Employment percentage: 80%9,000 for 100%; 80% of thisCHF 7,200
Work hours: 50%50% of the salary from the employerCHF 4,500
Short-time hours: 30%80% of 30% of the salary (CHF 9,000)
(short-time work compensation)
CHF 2,160
Total salaryTotal: 92.5% of the usual salaryCHF 6,660

Disclaimer

Use of the short-time work calculator at comparis.ch is free of charge. There is no long-term storage or further use of the data. The calculation is performed anonymously. The data is only used to display the results. The result calculated for short-time work is not legally binding. Individual factors may play a role in the calculation of short-time work compensation and produce an effect that cannot be represented in this calculator. The result produced by this calculator is therefore a provisional estimate. It is based on a simplified calculation method. The result is non-binding and does not constitute a legal right. For the calculation to be correct, it is important to use the number of short-time hours to be paid by the employer. The company must inform the employee of these hours in writing with each payslip. Note that if the salary for the last contributory month before commencement of short-time work differs by 10% or more from the average salary for the past 12 months, short-time work compensation will be calculated on the basis of this average salary.