Case Studies

Study 1 - The Consultant:

Tim Graham, a change management consultant from Canada, was offered a lucrative 12 month assignment in Geneva working for a consulting company. But neither the recruitment agency based in Toronto, nor the consulting company’s local office were willing to organise a work visa for him and his family. Luckily after he contacted and we passed his case on to our local partner in Switzerland, a full work permit was soon in place that would cover him for his 12 month contract and give him the opportunity to work for other end clients after that assignment had finished. Even better, due to our local partners understanding of dual taxation laws and the special regulations for expatriate workers, he was earning more money than he expected.

Study 2 - Consultant Requiring a Contractor Management Structure.

Mark, a programme manager from Belgium was offered a 9 month contract working for BNP in Zurich on 150 CHF per hour. Mark had no experience contracting in Switzerland, he had read a few of the forums that mention payment structures and his recruitment company had referred him to another such structure, thankfully a colleague who had worked in Switzerland then recommend he contact to obtain a thorough overview of his options before deciding on which payment structure to use. We were able to provide him with a variety of quotes based on his individual circumstances and together we selected the structure that best suited his profile.

Study 3 - The Recruiter:

London based recruitment consultant Karina Parsons had located the perfect candidate for her client, the Zurich office of a French investment bank. However the candidate was an Australian citizen working in the UK. Her client was unwilling to sponsor the candidate directly as it would increase their headcount. If only there was another solution! A colleague referred her to and our local partner was able to step into the breach. By offering a conduit between agency, end client and contractor all parties needs were met and the project was able to proceed without incident.

Study 4 - The Employer:

AJ, the sales representative for a fledgling US management consultancy had won a project to assist a Geneva based private healthcare organisation through a systems upgrade. He needed to urgently bring 3 of the staff from the USA over to support the project. Given Switzerland’s strict immigration and business practice laws it was essential that all correct procedures were followed. But his recently established office had not yet engaged proper legal, accounting and human resources functions which made it difficult to ensure that everything was fully compliant with local regulations. Our local partner was able to assist him by taking on the staff as a 3rd party, providing all specialist tax and immigration advice. Not only did it solve his problem, it was easy to migrate the staff back to his company when they had their internal functions in place.

Please note these studies are used for information purposes only and any resemblance to persons real or imagined is purely incidental.