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First national collective agreement on temporary work agency employment

Country of implementation
Switzerland
General short description of the innovation
The collective agreement for temporary employment sets, among other things, rules for the calculation of wages (including vacations and holidays), the number of regular hours worked per week and overtime pay. With the collective agreement, the temporary staff experiences improved working conditions in many respects. For the first time, it introduces / - minimum hourly wages depending on educational level and geographical regions (from 14.81 to 23.59 CHF/hour ? from 12,19 to 19,41 Euros), / - a mandatory income protection insurance in case of sickness (60 days for short-term missions of up to 13 weeks 720 days for all other missions) / - Harmonized access to occupational pensions / - The possibility to attend lifelong training by means of a specific contribution from both employers and employees (respectively 0.30 and 0.70 per cent of gross wages). / The collective agreement applies to sectors where no other collective agreement exists. In sectors where collective agreements exist, temporary employees are now subjected to these agreements. The collective agreement has been made binding across the whole country. /
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • wage
Type of Policy
  • public
  • social partnership
Duration of the policy
in force since 2012, for a three-year period
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Budgets: costs borne by employers and employees
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 270?000
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The aim was to guarantee a minimum employment protection of temporary work agency employees, and offer an equal treatment between this category of employees and permanent employees in sectors of the economy where collective agreements apply.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
strong
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • encompassing security
  • flexicurity
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • others (harmonized access to occupational pensions)
  • regulations of the labour market (introduction of a new collective agreement )
  • training schemes (the collective agreement sets the ground for accessing lifelong training schemes)
  • wages (minimum wages were determined for temporary work agency employment)
  • working time (The collective agreement sets rules for the regular working time and overtime pay. )
Intended target group
Temporary work agency employees, and employers who resort to this workforce.
Working age population
  • employment situation (temporary work agency workers)
  • main source of income: paid work
Employers-private institutional actors
employers who resort to temporary work agency employment
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
  • employees (organised or individual)
  • employers (organised or individual)
Intended output
  • others (harmonized access to occupational pensions)
  • regulation of the labour market (introduction of a new collective agreement )
  • training schemes (the collective agreement sets the ground for accessing lifelong training schemes)
  • wages (minimum wages were determined for temporary work agency employment)
  • working time (The collective agreement sets rules for the regular working time and overtime pay.)
Intended and unintended outcomes
all
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