Basic Information

The swiss developer survey 2020 has 1030 participants (+ 6.5 percent). Of these, 719 completed the survey.

Some of the participants who did not complete the survey, gave very wide-ranging answers nevertheless. Therefore, all persons who answered at least five questions were taken into account. In addition, since answering many questions was not mandatory, the number of answers on any given questions varies between 650 and 968, depending on the question.

It is also clear that software developers are willing to invest time and energy to answer questions in detail. If there had not been a similar worldwide survey with more questions and almost 100,000 participants, no one would have believed that developers would fill out such a questionnaire.

The vast majority of the 1,030 participants work for a Swiss company in Switzerland or abroad - around 98 percent (2019: 95.25 percent). Only 20 people work for a foreign company in Swizterland.

Around 87 percent (2019: 90 percent) of participants live in Switzerland. Of these 832 people, in turn, just over 82 percent (2019: 80 percent) have lived here for more than 10 years. About 1.5 percent (2019: 4 percent) came to Switzerland less than a year ago.

More than 91 percent (871 people) (2019: 95 percent) work mainly in Switzerland. The vast majority (just over 92 percent) (2019: 90 percent) of participants come from German-speaking Switzerland. Unfortunately, we were only able to motivate about 64 people from Romandie to participate. There is still room for improvement there.

Of the people living abroad (81 people), just under half come from northern Macedonia (46), and groups of around five people live in Hungary, Liechtenstein and Austria. These are supplemented by individual voices from Vietnam, Portugal and Singapore.

67 percent (2019: 68 percent) of participants have a Swiss passport. Interestingly, 73 people (about 7 percent) are in the naturalization process. Hopp Schwiiz!

Unsurprisingly, males dominate at 88 percent (2019: 89 percent). 9 percent are women and 32 people identified with "Other" or did not want to specify.

In terms of age, the participants are a mixed bunch - but 70 percent are in the 25 to 44 age group.

38 percent (2019: 40 percent) of participants have children and 2.5 percent are expecting - we wish the parents-to-be all the best!

About 77 percent (2019: 76 percent) of participants work full-time, 18 percent work part-time, and slightly less than 2 percent (2019: 2 percent) are freelancers. Another 1.7 percent are apprentices. People value the workplace. It is also interesting to note that the proportion of part-time workers is significantly lower than the Swiss average of 37 percent.

Keyword industry: The participants are broadly distributed across the Swiss economy, although some sectors clearly dominate. Around 37 percent (2019: 40 percent) of participants are generalists and develop software for all industries. 23 percent (2019: 14 percent) work in the finance/fintech environment. The public sector is represented by 10 percent (2019: 8 percent). In contrast, slightly more than 1 percent (2019: less than 1 percent) work around security.

With regard to the size of the employer, the 2020 values are to be interpreted somewhat differently than in the previous year because we have adjusted the gradations for SMEs to the values of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. In Switzerland, the SME upper limit is 249 employees. Accordingly, about 43.5 percent of participants work for SMEs.

In 2019, we were still working with the international SME definition of 20-500 employees. So if we set the limit at 500 employees, about 60 percent of participants work for such companies (2019: 70 percent). That is a shift of 10 percent toward larger companies.

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