Forms of cooperation

As a leading Swiss platform, we have been placing IT specialists for projects since 2000 and take care of the entire personnel management. Simply choose the right setting for your assignment.


Business to Business - B2B


  • Swiss sole proprietorship, recognized by the compensation office. Duration of employment max. 6 months
  • Swiss AG or GmbH (1 employee)
  • Swiss SME, AG or GmbH (2 - 20 employees)
  • European AG or GmbH via secondment to Switzerland (2 - 20 employees)


Business to People - B2P

Staff leasing

  • Temporary assignment for candidates without their own company on an hourly wage basis.
  • Temporary assignment for candidates without their own company on a monthly salary basis.
  • Temporary assignment for candidates with a sole proprietorship. Duration of assignment over 6 months.

Our forms of cooperation at a glance

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Consultant mandate / SUBCONTRACTOR / B2B Business to Business

We conclude a service contract with you as a consultant. As a contractor, you invoice us via your own limited liability company (GmbH) or stock corporation (AG) where you are employed. You issue your monthly invoice to GHR based on the agreed hourly rate plus VAT. GHR settles the account with the client on the basis of your invoice.

As a service provider from the EU/EFTA area, you have the right to offer services in Switzerland without a licence for 90 effective working days per calendar year. You merely need to provide advance notice (see For compliance reasons, cooperation with international service providers can only take place via a limited liability company (GmbH) or stock corporation (AG). However, if you, as a freelancer or sole trader, have a company tax number and Form A1 from your home country and can provide confirmation that you pay the statutory social security contributions correctly in your home country, a cooperation can be considered.

If the project requires more than 90 effective working days per calendar year and the services cannot be provided remotely, Swiss residence and work permits will be required! As such permits are subject to cantonal quotas and there is no right to be granted a permit, it is worth considering the options at an early stage. There are a number of possible solutions available, such as:

  1. Establishing a branch of your foreign company in Switzerland
  2. Establishing a Swiss GmbH or AG
  3. Transferring to an employee leasing mandate, including employment with GHR (with payment of a salary)


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Lending mandate / PERSONAL LENDING / B2P Business to Person

As a former freelancer or employee, you will be employed by us at an hourly or monthly wage. We will then assign you to work temporarily for the customer. With this arrangement, you will be forced as an employee into participating in mandatory Swiss social insurance. GHR calculates the hourly rate charged to the customer as follows Example:

GHR retail rate per hour = total cost (All in)


Less employer social insurance contributions


Gross hourly rate.


Less employee social insurance contributions.


Net hourly rate (Withholding tax deductions were not taken into account in the above example and are also deducted from the gross hourly rate. The pension fund deduction was calculated on the basis of 1970 and can vary greatly depending on age.)



The employer and employee contributions to social insurance are calculated as follows:


























Fixed amount depending on wage and age

Fixed amount depending on wage and age

Withholding tax


Depends on withholding tax rate of the respective canton

Old age and survivors' insurance
(1st column pension)

Occupational and personal accident insurance

Short-term disability insurance

Occupational pension
(2nd column pension)

Stand January 2024 (Rates subject to change)

Onboarding process

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Required documents (before onboarding starts)

In order to check a possible assignment or to be able to start the onboarding process for certain clients, current versions of the following documents must be submitted.


Document type

Date of issue


Criminal record certificate

Not older than three months


Police clearance certificate

Not older than three months

SCHUFA information

Not older than three months


Certificate of criminal record

Not older than three months

KSV extract

Not older than three months

Depending on the project or client, a ZEK disclosure or personal security check (PSP)can also be requested.

We will be happy to advise you on this as part of our onboarding process.

Recommendation of further training / certifications

We have compiled a list of the most important training courses that we are frequently asked to provide. We have taken the details from the website. Subject to change without notice:

HERMES Foundation / Advanced

  1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of HERMES project management
  2. Understanding the application areas and the structure of the standard scenarios service/product development/adaptation
  3. Gaining knowledge about the modules Project Control, Project Management, Project Basics, Procurement, Organization, Product and Implementation Organization
  4. Acquiring active knowledge about the creation of the project organization and role assignment
  5. Acquiring active knowledge about the creation of individual scenarios
  6. Applying the phase model in classic and agile solution development
  7. Executing and creating tasks and results of the standard scenarios under the responsibility of the project manager
  8. Adapting the methodology to the needs of the projects
  9. Applying project planning and organization as well as project management and controlling with classic and agile approaches
  10. Being familiar with the methodological elements of HERMES 2022
  11. Applying the HERMES online tools
  12. Preparation for the certification exams «HERMES 2022 Foundation» and «HERMES 2022 Advanced»


  1. Understanding of the certification process
  2. Efficient application for certification
  3. Accompanied preparation of the Executive Summary Report (ESR)
  4. Documenting the reference project
  5. Understanding of the «How To» around the preparation of the project report
  6. Knowledge about the process of the technical interview
  7. Confidence in the technical interview through small case simulations


  1. Verification of 35 contact hours of project management education (35 «theory lessons» with discussion of the nine knowledge areas of project management as a prerequisite for admission to the examination)
  2. Knowing the methodology, terminology, and approach represented by the PMI® (Project Management Institute) and its members
  3. Application of the PMI process model in the context of agile product developments
  4. Using «agile» tools in the right processes
  5. Scaling of project management in companies
  6. Relevant agile approaches and methods for the audit


  1. Fostering your ability to act in the application on the basis of the practice-oriented concept in your professional project environment
  2. Extend the methodological approach learned in the Foundation course with case studies
  3. Insight into application practice
  4. Knowledge of how PRINCE2® processes are connected to principles and topics
  5. Deepening the creation and use of PRINCE2® management products in practical exercises
  6. Get results that you can use in your projects after the course
  7. Learn how to use PRINCE2® in a specific and adequate way and how to adapt it to the needs of different projects
  8. Know what types of questions are used in the exam and what strategy you will follow to successfully tackle the Practitioner exam


  1. Understanding the theoretical fundamentals (methods and processes) of Requirements Engineering
  2. Preparing for the IREB® certification exam «CPRE® Foundation Level»
  3. Working on practical examples, discussion and exchange of experiences
  4. Developing the ability to elicit, document, review and manage requirements in agile and linear settings


  1. Getting to grips with agile projects and understanding the principles and practices of agile projects
  2. Adaptation of previous experience in testing projects to agile projects and application of agile test methods and techniques
  3. Support agile teams in the planning of test-related activities and in test automation
  4. Efficient work in an agile team and project as well as communicative support of it


  1. Understanding of the Agile Mindset
  2. Successful implementation of Scrum in the SAFe company
  3. Support for Scrum Events
  4. Ability to use effective iterations
  5. Support of PI planning on Agile Release Train (ART) level
  6. Promotion and support of successful cooperation in the team and in the Agile Release Train (ART)

Scrum Master

  1. Tools, skills and attitude of an effective Scrum Master
  2. Scrum Principles and Values for Decision Making
  3. Support of the development team and product owners by the Scrum Master
  4. Tips and techniques for the Scrum Master to support the Scrum team
  5. Agile design of the environment of Scrum Teams
  6. Taking different viewpoints to be effective as a teacher / coach and mentor / moderator and facilitator / change agent
  7. Situational identification with the right standpoint to apply effectively
  8. Communicating the benefits of Scrum and Agile to management and stakeholders (cross-company)

Product Owner

  1. Applying SAFe in the lean organization
  2. Connecting SAFe lean-agile principles and values to PO / PM roles
  3. Collaborating with Lean Portfolio Management
  4. Exploring continuous value with program increment planning
  5. Executing program increments and specifying continuous value
  6. Articulating the roles of Product Owner and Product Manager
  7. Creating a role action plan
  8. Developing epics, capabilities, features, and user stories in the context of SAFe
  9. Managing backlogs and programs in a lean-agile organization

Educational institutes

We can recommend several training institutes that offer most courses and certifications online or on site:


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More detailed information

We will be happy to advise you on this as part of our onboarding process. Alternatively, we can recommend the following two contact points for more detailed information:


Do you have any questions about the forms of
cooperation? Then contact us today.

GHR Team André van Sprundel