Relocation Allowance for Zurich

Careem / Eng kdl91
Jan 24 20 Comments

Recently I got an offer from Google for their Zurich, Switzerland office. I am a single person and will move to Zurich from Berlin, Germany. I will be given 12000 CHF before tax as relocation allowance. How much tax will be applied on this amount? Is this money well enough for first month expense?

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  • Microsoft / Eng SwitchJobs
    Congrats! Tc?
    How were the interviews? Topic of questions and difficulty?
    Jan 24 10
    • Careem / Eng kdl91
      OP
      4+
      Jan 25
    • Microsoft / Eng SwitchJobs
      Did you negotiate?
      Jan 25
    • Careem / Eng kdl91
      OP
      They didn't give me the choice + I was overwhelmed on the offer
      Jan 26
    • Google / Eng statusz
      Dang that is low. But unfortunately for you there's few companies around here in Europe paying more than that so not much leverage for negotiations
      Jan 27
    • Microsoft / Eng SwitchJobs
      @statusz: That is a confusion for me as of now. As you say, bringing competitive offers for Google Zurich is difficult in Europe. Inspite of all the hard work, getting lowballed might make one to reject the Google offer.
      Google India doesn't pay like Uber India. So getting lowballed by Google is a big mess. They know people need their brand.

      Any suggestion on opting for the location?
      Jan 27
  • Google / Eng statusz
    Taxed as regular income so about 25-30% with AHV.

    For a temp apartment or airbnb, sure, it's enough. For your first lease, no, you should have 4x rent on hand to pay first month + deposit, expect 2-3k rent.
    Jan 24 2
    • Revinate / Data JPQ
      What! How large of a space do you get for 2K?
      Jan 24
    • Google / Eng statusz
      2k should get you about 50-60 m^2, 1-bedroom apt in middle of Zurich, good for a single or couple without kids

      With some luck you could also find something in 1.5k-2k range but don't count on that for your first lease here, there's quite a bit of competition in this price range. Unless you like 1h+ commute and smell of cow shit then you can find even cheaper offers in the middle of nowhere

      Room in a flatshare would start at around 700 Fr - 1k
      Jan 24
  • Careem Nsksons7@
    You will be taxed around 15-20% the year after, retro-actively together with your full yearly income.

    This is more than enough for first expense. You don’t need the 3x rent, you can use ‘Swisscaution’ for the deposit instead.
    Jan 24 2
    • Revinate / Data JPQ
      Swisscaution?
      Jan 24
    • Careem Nsksons7@
      Yea, it allows to skip deposit and pay a yearly fee instead (like 200-300 CHF)
      Jan 24
  • Amazon nf404
    Did the recruiter ask you about your current TC and what was your response?
    Feb 17 0
  • Amazon bejj fezos
    Congrats !! Livin my dream. How was the interview plz
    Jan 24 0
  • Deutsche Bank cfKc27
    Cool, Switzerland is one of the best place
    Jan 24 0