ZURICH (Reuters) – The Swiss government on Wednesday allocated up to 3,500 work permits for Britons next year to allow employers to recruit staff from the UK, which is no longer covered by Switzerland’s free movement agreement with the European Union.
“This ensures the flexibility needed for Swiss businesses,” the government said.
The British contingent permit is initially valid for one year and will be released to the canton of Switzerland every three months.
Bern maintains at 8,500 the number of permits for specialists and skilled workers from other countries outside the European Union and members of the European Free Trade Association Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein who wish to work temporarily in Switzerland.
Reporting by Michael Shields; Edited by Alex Richardson
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