Nationals of the EU-25, plus Norwegians and Icelanders, may work in Switzerland for up to 90 days a year without a permit. Other foreigners and EU citizens on longer assignments will need a permit. For details visit the State Secretariat for Migration online (

Language skills are crucial for work in service industries and usually necessary for work in ski resorts and chalets. Working in Ski Resorts: Europe & North America by Victoria Pybus provides detailed information about how to organise winter work. Or consult Rolling Pin ( for jobs in the hospitality industry. Two good websites for contacts and tips are Season Workers ( and Natives (

In October, work is available in vineyards in Vaud and Valais.