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Working at the ZHAW

The ZHAW employs about 3,000 people of 49 different nationalities. Staff members appreciate our exciting working environment and the opportunities for independence and creativity it provides. Our three locations – in Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil – also offer a high quality of life.

The ZHAW as an employer

The ZHAW is one of the largest multi-disciplinary universities of applied sciences in Switzerland with a staff of about 3,000 engaged in teaching, research, continuing education, business services and consulting. The ZHAW has eight Schools, which focus on practice-oriented programmes of study and conduct disciplinary and interdisciplinary research with partners from industry, business and the public sector. Our three locations are all part of the «Greater Zurich Area», which is known for its economic strength and stability. They offer a high quality of life and have good public transport connections.

The ZHAW aspires to employ qualified, motivated and performance-oriented staff in leadership and non-leadership positions and to create an environment which is able to secure, foster and retain such people. We offer working conditions and terms of employment commensurate with higher education institutions, and we actively promote our staff’s personal development. Our university culture is based on personal responsibility, creativity, reflective competences, conflict-resolution ability, respect for others, dialogue, participation, equal opportunities and diversity.

Our workplace culture

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The ZHAW offers an environment in which qualified and motivated staff in leadership and non-leadership positions can develop their skills and knowledge. Our workplace culture requires and encourages personal responsibility, achievements, creativity, self-reflection, conflict-resolution skills, respect for others, dialogue, participation, equal opportunities and diversity.

Opportunities for development

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The ZHAW actively promotes the personal development of its staff and managers. Our development cycles are designed with the long term in mind and support staff at both an individual and institutional level.

Health

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A positive working environment fosters staff health, which is why the ZHAW raises awareness of health issues and offers the following services:

Offers and discounts

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ZHAW staff benefit from numerous offers and discounts.

Working hours

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At the ZHAW, working hours are 42 hours per week for a full-time position. For part-time staff, the working hours are determined by the level of employment as agreed upon in the contract. Working hours are generally spread over five days, with Saturdays and Sundays off. Due to course schedules, some staff are required to work on Saturdays. Staff can compensate for any overtime incurred by time off in lieu (hours or days).

Employment and salary

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The ZHAW is a public university that belongs to the Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts (ZFH). Staff are employed in accordance with the Canton of Zurich’s personnel law.

Insurance and pension scheme

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  • Pension scheme
    ZHAW staff are insured by the Civil Service Insurance Fund of the Canton of Zurich (BVK), which is the pension fund for staff of the Canton of Zurich. BVK services are worker-friendly and go well beyond the statutory minimum.

    All staff whose annual salary exceeds the minimum of CHF 21,150 (as of 1 January 2015) are required to join the BVK. 60% of the BVK savings contribution is funded by the ZHAW and the remaining 40% by the staff. The retirement age is 65, but early retirement is possible beginning at the age of 60 at the earliest.
  • Sick pay allowance
    If staff are unable to work temporarily due to illness, they are normally paid their salary as follows:

    During the 1st year of service: 3 months full pay and 3 months 75%
    During the 2nd year of service: 6 months full pay and 6 months 75%
    As of the 3rd year of service: 12 months full pay

    If, at the end of the period of continued salary payment defined above, there is reason to believe that the staff member will be able to return to work soon or if, due to illness or disability, it is still unclear whether the staff member will be able to return to work or whether the contract will be terminated, 75% of the salary may be paid for a total continued pay period of up to 2 years.
  • Entitlement to salary in case of occupational and non-occupational accident
    If staff are unable to work temporarily due to an occupational or non-occupational accident, they are normally paid their salary as follows:

    Occupational accident
    During the 1st year of service: 12 months full pay
    During the 2nd year of service: 12 months full pay
    As of the 3rd year of service: 12 months full pay

    Non-occupational accident
    During the 1st year of service: 3 months full pay and 3 months 75%
    During the 2nd year of service: 6 months full pay and 6 months 75%
    As of the 3rd year of service: 12 months full pay

    Should the daily accident allowance paid by the insurance provider exceed the staff’s salary continuation liability (over 75%), the salary will be increased accordingly and paid for as long as the insurance provider pays the daily allowance.
  • Occupational and non-occupational accident insurance
    ZHAW staff are insured under the Swiss Federal Accident Insurance Act (UVG). Those who work a minimum of eight hours per week are also insured against non-occupational accidents. It is possible to take out optional additional insurance.