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Employees

They are the key
to success

We are aware that all of the employees play a vital role in our organisation, which is based on personal performance and relationships. We make correspondingly high demands on these employees. We pursue a progressive employee policy, especially with regard to management style, working conditions, social security, equal opportunities, personal responsibility and career advancement.

Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel

Number of employees / full-time positions

Number of employees

Number of full-time positions

Number of employees

Number of full-time positions

The outbreak of the COVID pandemic in March 2020 led to some seasonal positions not being filled for the summer season. The existing number of employees was maintained as far as possible. All hostels were registered for short-time working compensation. Benefits were only drawn in those hostels which depended on them due to under-employment.

Wage policy

The wage system for management employees comprises fixed and variable wage components. While the fixed components are specified at appropriate levels according to uniform standards, the variable components derive from the achievement of individual objectives as well as the degree of budget adherence.

Youth hostel employees are subject to the “National collective agreement” (L-GAV). Administrative staff are paid according to the guidelines of the respective professional associations.

Following the principle of equal pay for men and women, the Swiss Youth Hostels pay both sexes according to the same terms/rates.

Share of women

Training and advanced training

Advanced training represents a key element in our efforts to boost quality for our guests and employees. Due to the COVID pandemic in 2020, courses and the number of participants per course unit were significantly restricted.

2018
2019
2020
Advanced training courses offered
10
7
5
Number of participants
262
242
80
Total hours of advanced training within the organisation
3,504
3,520
1,024
Number of apprentices and trainees
14
10
7
Number of persons in external basic/advanced training
5
2
5

Training and advanced training

2019
2020
Advanced training courses offered
7
5
Number of participants
242
80
Total hours of advanced training within the organisation
3,520
1,024
Number of apprentices and trainees
10
7
Number of persons in external basic/advanced training
2
5

Advanced training represents a key element in our efforts to boost quality for our guests and employees. Due to the COVID pandemic in 2020, courses and the number of participants per course unit were significantly restricted.

Special services

Every year, employees, voluntary Executive Board members and delegates receive accommodation coupons allowing free usage of the youth hostels operated by the Swiss Youth Hostels. In the year under review, these benefits amounted to CHF 274,659 (previous year: CHF 279,050).

Case management and social counselling

Accidents and illnesses experienced by our employees are handled in a professional manner in cooperation with an external business partner, and all measures are taken to ensure the reintegration of affected employees. An external social counselling service is also available free of charge to all employees for personal, health-related, financial, legal or administrative matters.

Pension fund

The Swiss Youth Hostels have their own retirement pension foundation. As it was no longer possible to continue the full insurance cover, the Board of Trustees decided to transform the Swiss Youth Hostels Pension Fund into a semi-autonomous foundation as of 1 January 2020. In addition to the risks of death and disability, the accumulation and payment of retirement benefits were previously also covered by AXA Life Ltd. Now, the pension fund provides the retirement benefits and the associated deferred surviving dependants’ benefits autonomously on its own account. The risks of death and disability as well as the retirement benefits and the associated deferred surviving dependants’ benefits in the pension fund before 1 January 2020 remain covered by AXA Life Ltd within the framework of a group insurance contract.
The Board of Trustees as the highest body now bears responsibility for the investment results. It defined the organisation of asset management and the investment strategy in investment regulations valid from 1 January 2020. The mandate for managing the assets was transferred to AXA Insurance Ltd (approved by FINMA according to Art. 48f para. 4 let. g BVV2). The transformation and results of the 2020 financial year were positive, so the pension fund maintains full coverage and risk capacity.

In June 2020, a contract of affiliation was concluded between the Swiss Youth Hostels as employer and the Columna Sammelstiftung Client Invest in agreement with the employee representatives. The new contractual relationship came into effect on 1 January 2021. All active insured persons and pensioners will be transferred to the newly created employee benefits unit in the collective foundation as per this date. As soon as all obligations and investments have been transferred, the previous foundation becomes redundant. The Pensions and Trusts Supervisory Authority of Canton Zurich (BVG- und Stiftungsrat des Kantons Zürich (BVS)) has ordered the liquidation of the foundation in accordance with the request of the Board of Trustees of 27 November 2020.

The Board of Trustees is composed of four employee representatives and four employer representatives:
Employee representatives: Denneberg Reto, Granacher Bernhard, Lutz Walter, Zollinger Markus
Employer representatives: Abegg Thomas, Bunte Janine (President), Dobler René, Müller Christoph

2018
2019
2020
Retirement assets in CHF
19,590,157
19,659,946
20,473,416
Available funds in CHF
1,101,286
1,454,527
0
Cover ratio
104.19
105.56
114.02
Active insured persons
472
362
374
Pensioners
37
39
40
2019
2020
Retirement assets in CHF
19,659,946
20,473,416
Available funds in CHF
1,454,527
0
Cover ratio
105.56
114.02
Active insured persons
362
374
Pensioners
39
40

Persons performing civil service

Civil service is a substitute for young men who choose not to perform military service on conscientious grounds. These individuals can perform assignments in the social sector, in nature park projects or in charitable organisations. The Swiss Youth Hostels also offer opportunities for persons performing civil service.
In 2020, a total of 130 persons performing civil service (previous year 145) completed 5,509 service days (previous year 5,229) at the Swiss Youth Hostels.