Labour Market

Bauarbeiter auf den Strassen Zürichs im Strassenbau

Our goal is to rapidly and sustainably integrate job seekers into the labour market. In this endeavour, we support both job seekers and employers looking to hire.

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A stable labour market

In the year 2022, the Canton of Zurich had an average unemployment rate of 1,8 percent, which was 1,1 percentage points below the 2021 average. The steady labour market was a stabilizing factor for the economy throughout the year.

Efficient staffing 

Due to the excellent state of the economy, specialists are sought after more than ever, which is why filling a vacancy with a suitable, skilled worker is not easy for companies and requires a lot of resources. The regional employment agencies of the Department for Economic Affairs support job seekers and employers with their expertise and years of experience. With our help, companies quickly find the specialist they are looking for. We know the labour market in the Canton of Zurich and its specific requirements and demands. 

We work for Zurich

With their work, our employees make an important contribution to fair and contemporary working conditions. The focus of our work lies on the prevention of occupational accidents and illnesses through inspections and on offering consulting services to businesses, authorities, and employees. We support companies in establishing management systems for workplace safety. We also monitor the work and rest periods as mandated by the Employment Act and issue temporary permits for working nights and Sundays.

In the context of the measures accompanying the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons and the Measures to Combat Illegal Employment, we make sure everyone complies with the existing labour and wage conditions as well as with the notification and permit obligations as per the laws on foreign nationals, social insurances, and taxes.

Dr. Ursula Gehbauer Tichler

Head of the Office for Economy and Labour

Walchestrasse 19, 8090 Zürich

Dr. Ursula Gehbauer Tichler, Head of the Office for Economy and Labour


Office for Economy and Labour


Walchestrasse 19
8090 Zürich
Route (Google)


+41 43 259 26 26

Monday to Friday
8am to 12am
1pm to 5pm