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Excerpted from the Switzerland Career Guide

Switzerland is one of the leading countries in computer applications, according to the Swiss Association for Research in Information Technology (SARIT). Many of these applications are embedded in top products or services of Switzerland's key industries such as banking, insurance, telecommunication, power systems, chemistry, watches and transportation. Switzerland's top universities, ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne, offer computer science research.

Switzerland has ranked second worldwide in the use of IT (after the US) since the 1960s, according to the Swiss industry portal OSEC. A greater percentage of the Swiss population uses computers than any other European country. Many Swiss products are based on IT components, ranging from those used for banking services to chemical and machinery products.

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According to a recent article by engineering society IEEE, there is a “war for talent,” particularly for IT specialists with skills in cloud computing, smartphones and other mobile applications, and tablet computing. Technical needs for social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, have also ignited a need for new technology skills sets. Swisscom is one of the key players entering into the cloud computing arena.

Many Swiss companies are exploring partnering with Indian IT companies in order to address the Swiss IT talent shortage. Switzerland estimates it will face a shortfall of 32,000 skilled workers in the field by 2017.

Organizations and Trade Associations

ICT Switzerland
http://www.ictswitzerland.ch (German, French)
ICT Switzerland, formerly SVI/FSI, represents the entire Swiss IT community within IFIP, the world umbrella organization for IT. This website was created to help IT professionals as well as the general public get fast access to information on professional, educational and organizational aspects of IT in Switzerland.

ICT Switzerland
Klösterlistutz 8
3013 Bern
Tel: +41 (0) 31 560 66 60
Fax: +41 (0) 31 560 66 61
Email: info@ictswitzerland.ch


http://www.computerworld.ch (German)
Computerworld.ch is a Swiss IT platform for IT professionals and provides all the important information on the national and international IT scene every two weeks in compact magazine form. Two thematic focal areas provide competent background information on upcoming investments, strategic decisions and technical developments.

IDG Communications AG
Witikonerstrasse 15
Postfach 1570
8032 Zürich
Tel: +41 (0) 44 387 44 44
Fax: +41 (0) 44 387 45 83
Email: contact form on website

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Switzerland Guide.

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