Responsibility – Employees

Flughafen Zürich AG employs around 1,700 people in over 70 different occupations. This diversity makes the airport operator one of the regionʼs most attractive employers. The company offers fair, market-based remuneration, equal opportunities for all, and promotes employeesʼ professional development. It also offers traineeships and internships.

Zurich Airport is a unique place to work – as well as around 1,700 people who work for Flughafen Zürich AG itself, there are also over 27,000 employees of some further 280 companies who help ensure the airport runs smoothly, operate the commercial spaces and provide services.

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For the airport operator, employees are the key to lasting success so its management of human resources is therefore geared to the long term. The key elements of this are set out in its human resources policy:

Cooperative working

Co-determination and active participation are essential elements of the companyʼs values. Flughafen Zürich AG regularly conducts employee surveys and implements continuous improvement initiatives. Employees interact with one another respectfully, support each other and cultivate a culture of open and transparent communication.

Career development opportunities

Based on a personnel development concept, Flughafen Zürich AG takes specific personnel development measures to both retain and develop its employees and managerial staff. For instance, suitable employees can take up airport-related posts abroad and consequently benefit from the opportunity of developing their skills in an international environment. The company offers a range of internal and external training and professional development opportunities.

Trainees and interns

Flughafen Zürich AG considers providing basic vocational education to be both an economic necessity and a social duty. It ensures that trainers have the necessary qualifications and practical experience and takes great care to choose the right interns and trainees. It also fosters the vocational, personal and social development of interns and trainees, ensuring they are well prepared to enter the world of work on completion of their education. Interns and trainees are often offered the opportunity to work at the airport after their training. These highly motivated employees are valuable additions to the workforce.

Health management

In-house health management activities focus on promoting and maintaining the health of the entire workforce, as healthy employees perform better and are more highly motivated. Moreover, absentee rates and staff turnover are reduced. Both the company and employees themselves share responsibility for the success of health management.

Staff Representation Council (PEV)

Flughafen Zürich AG has a staff representation council which represents employeesʼ interests and liaises closely with the Management Board.

Equal pay

Flughafen Zürich AG undertook an analysis of equal pay and found that the average pay gap between women and men is 3%. To permit an objective assessment of equal pay, average wages were compared at each function level. When comparing average wages of women and men, only the function levels in which there are sufficient numbers of women and men to permit comparison were analysed.

Flexible working

Flughafen Zürich AG has recognised the need among its employees for a more flexible working environment and offers working models which help achieve a better work-life balance. It is important both to cover operational needs and take the fullest account possible of employeesʼ individual needs by offering flexible arrangements. The primary objective is to have a highly efficient and service-oriented organisation with motivated, happy and healthy employees. Another aim is to offer flexible working conditions to increase the number of women in senior positions, and in particular encourage women to take up executive roles at the company. It is therefore important to offer various part-time models. Currently, 27% of all employees at Flughafen Zürich AG have part-time contracts. A total of 63% of women and 12% of men work part-time.

Positive trend for BVK pension fund

At its press conference on 25 January 2018, the BVK employee pension fund was able to announce that – for the first time in ten years – it had reached a coverage ratio of 100% (provisional unaudited figure). With a 100% coverage ratio, on 1 July 2018 interest on the active capital will be 2% (formerly 1%).