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Employees

Our most important resource

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.

Zurich Youth Hostel

Number of employees / full-time equivalents

Number of employees

Number of full-time equivalents

Number of employees

Number of full-time equivalents

Some seasonal positions were again unfilled in 2021 due to the COVID crisis. Existing employee numbers were maintained as far as possible. Most hostels again 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 all 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 2021, courses and the number of participants per course unit were partially restricted.

2019
2020
2021
Advanced training courses offered
7
5
7
Number of participants
242
80
218
Total hours of advanced training
within the organisation
3,520
1,024
3,112
Number of apprentices and trainees
10
7
11
Number of persons in external
basic/advanced training
2
5
2

Training and ​advanced training

2020
2021
Advanced training courses offered
5
7
Number of participants
80
218
Total hours of advanced training
within the organisation
1,024
3,112
Number of apprentices and trainees
7
11
Number of persons in
external basic/advanced training
5
2

Advanced training represents a key element in our efforts to boost quality for our guests and employees. Due to the COVID pandemic in 2021, courses and the number of participants per course unit were partially 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 318,285 (previous year: CHF 274,659).

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

With the decree by the Pensions and Trusts Supervisory Authority of Canton Zurich (BVG – und Stiftungsaufsicht (BVS) Zurich) of 3 March 2022, it was determined that the liquidation of the Swiss Youth Hostels Pension Fund was properly executed and the foundation can be deleted from the commercial register. Since 1 January 2021, the Swiss Youth Hostels have been affiliated as – Vorsorgewerk Schweizer Jugendherbergen (Swiss youth hostels employee benefits unit) – through Columna Collective Foundation – Client Invest.

The Staff Pension Fund Commission was composed of four employee representatives and four employer representatives:

Employee representatives: Denneberg Reto (until 31.8.2021), Anthamatten Chantal (from 11.10.2021), Granacher Bernhard, Lutz Walter, Zollinger Markus

Employer representatives: Abegg Thomas, Bunte Janine (President), Dobler René, Müller Christoph (until 31.12.2021), Michel-Abegg Corinne (from 1.1.2022)

Elected until 31 December 2023

2019
2020
2021
Retirement assets in CHF
19,659,946
20,473,416
20,872,177
Available funds in CHF
1,454,527
0
2,243,751
Cover ratio
105.56
114.02
125.01
Active insured persons
362
374
369
Pensioners
39
40
43
2020
2021
Retirement assets in CHF
20,473,416
20,872,177
Available funds in CHF
0
2,243,751
Cover ratio
114.02
125.01
Active insured persons
374
369
Pensioners
40
43

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 2021, a total of 130 persons performing civil service (previous year 130) completed 5,453 service days (previous year 5,509) at the Swiss Youth Hostels.

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