The constant shortage of personnel is driving up wages and salaries not only in Germany. In Switzerland, retail jobs are also well remunerated.
If you look around Germany, you will find wage demands from trade unions in many places. In some cases, the demands are reflected in collective bargaining results. In the public sector, for example, the trade union ver.di speaks of a wage increase of 11.5% for employees. In the Bavarian automotive trade, the IG Metall trade union reports an 8.6% increase in wages plus a one-off inflation bonus totalling 2,500 euros. The amounts can help to counteract the inflation rate. The wage increases achieved do not lead to monthly salaries in Germany, as in Switzerland, for example.
You can earn a lot as a cashier in Switzerland. Some even work there and live in Germany and thus receive more money. © picture alliance/dpa | Tom Weller
Working at the checkout at Aldi in Switzerland
In Bavaria, a cashier is currently paid 2,836 euros gross in the final stage according to the current collective agreement. The final level is the highest monthly salary that can be achieved with this activity under collective bargaining. This level is reached after six years of work and with a weekly working time of 37.5 hours. On the other hand, in the Swiss retail sector, for example, monthly salaries of 4,646 to 4,762 Swiss francs are paid at Aldi Suisse. At a current exchange rate of 1 Swiss franc = 1.02 euros, this corresponds to a range of 4,730 to 4,848 euros.
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Working in Switzerland and living in Germany
The cost of living in Switzerland is more expensive than in Germany. In its latest publication for 2021, the Federal Statistical Office assumes that the cost of living is 51% higher than in Germany. Since the inflation rate in Germany has recently risen sharply and stood at 7.2%, this ratio has probably not improved, as the inflation rate in Switzerland was recently lower at 2.9%. But there are many employees who, as so-called cross-border commuters, do not move to Switzerland, but continue to live in Germany and work in Switzerland. If you enter the stated monthly income of 4,762 Swiss francs in a Swiss salary calculator, you will be left with a net amount of 3,924.36 Swiss francs after deduction of Swiss taxes, which corresponds to just under 4,000 euros.
Are cross-border commuters welcome in the Swiss retail sector?
When asked, Aldi Suisse told Merkur.de of IPPEN. MEDIA that cross-border commuters are already working there and that they are always interested in motivated employees. Rather, it is even pointed out that in addition to the attractive salary, which is paid 13 times, support is also provided in building up the pension scheme.