Swiss Human Relations Barometer 2018

Integration and discrimination

The focal topic of the tenth issue of the Swiss Human Relations Barometer (HR Barometer) is “Integration and discrimination of foreign employees in the work environment”. Based on a survey of some 1300 foreign employees, the study investigated the determining factors and effects of perceived integration and discrimination on the grounds of nationality, ethnic origin and faith. More than half of foreign employees in Switzerland feel well integrated in the company work environment. Language difficulties are one of the main reasons for a lack of integration. Discrimination based on nationality, ethnic origin and faith is perceived little overall. Discrimination is most frequently perceived in the application process and in salaries. There is potential for improvement above all in the climate of integration in the company: Around one-third of foreign employees rate this as only mediocre.