The shortage of skilled workers can be felt everywhere in Germany and is driving up salaries. If you can, you should also take a look across the border.
At the moment, there is hardly any getting around the issue of wage demands, for example from trade unions in Germany. Positive news for many employees: In the public sector, for example, the trade union ver.di speaks of a wage increase for employees of 11.5 percent, in the Bavarian automotive trade there will be 8.6 percent more wages, as the IG Metall union reported, plus a one-time inflation premium totaling 2,500 euros. Nevertheless, monthly salaries in Germany currently do not come close to the wages of neighbouring Switzerland.
Average salary of a cleaner in Switzerland
In Switzerland, a cleaner earns an average of about 50,000 Swiss francs a year, according to the job portal Jobs – the equivalent of about 51,500 euros. In Germany, the average annual salary is 25,000 euros (gross) according to Kununu. By the way: Treasurers also earn more in Switzerland than in this country. Calculated per month, it is about 4,300 euros in Switzerland compared to almost 2,100 euros gross salary in Germany
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As a cleaner, you earn twice as much salary in Switzerland as in Germany. For some people, it may be worthwhile to work in the neighboring country and live in Germany. (Symbolic image) © DGLimages/Imago
By the way: If you employ a domestic help on a 520-euro basis, you can declare this point in your tax return.
Living in Germany, working in Switzerland
Since the cost of living in Switzerland tends to be more expensive than in Germany, it is hardly worthwhile for most people to move to the other country. But perhaps it is an option to live in the Federal Republic of Germany as a so-called cross-border commuter, but to work in Switzerland.
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According to a Swiss salary calculator, a cross-border cleaner who earns 50,000 francs a year in Switzerland (approx. 4,200 CHF/month) would receive about 3,500 francs after taxes – the equivalent of about 3,600 euros (no children, single).