Best collective employment agreement in the Swiss retail sector, wide variety of training and professional development opportunities and good career prospects.

Coop – An attractive, social employer

We offer the best employment conditions in the Swiss retail sector – these are enjoyed by the 37’000 employees from all parts of the country who are covered by the collective employment agreement. They also value our wide range of training and professional development opportunities, which include over 350 internal courses. Our talent management enables us to fill 79 percent of management vacancies internally.

We are the only retailer in Switzerland to negotiate the collective employment agreement with five social partners: KV Schweiz (Swiss commercial association), Syna, OCST and Unia (trade unions), and VdAC (Association of Salaried Employees of Coop). This solidarity is a tradition with us, as we were Switzerland's first retailer to introduce a collective employment agreement more than 100 years ago.

CHF 4’000 per month

As of 2015, we once again increased wages. The positive round of wage negotiations is the result of constructive talks with our social partners. The reference wage for trained employees is currently CHF 4’000 a month, reflecting the value we attach to professional training. Our employees also benefit from staff discounts and offers as well as attractive pension rights.

Solidarity with families

From just the fourth year of employment, we allow 16 weeks of maternity leave on full pay. If the child has to stay in hospital after the birth, the mother receives an additional eight weeks of leave on full pay. Furthermore, when their child is born, fathers can extend the one-week paternity leave by a further two unpaid weeks of holiday. We support single parents on a lower income with financial contributions towards external childcare and, since 2014, employees who care for their relatives have also been entitled to unpaid leave.

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