Facts and figures
Around three quarters of expenses are incurred in relation to the activities of MeteoSwiss itself, namely, the provision of weather and climate services (data collection, information processing, expert services). The remaining quarter relates to transfer expenses and is largely committed (payments to international organisations).
MeteoSwiss's total expenses were around CHF 6.8 million below the budget estimate, at CHF 116.6 million. This budget underspending is primarily due to the following:
- Expenses with an impact on financing: various projects and plans were delayed in 2018 (e.g. Swiss Automatic Pollen Network, migration to Windows 10). For this reason, requests were made to set aside reserves.
- Expenses with no impact on financing: depreciation expenses were lower than budgeted, as no replacements were required for critical infrastructure. Moreover, the life cycles of various fixed assets were extended.
- Transfer expenses: expenses were lower than budgeted mainly due to the fact that around CHF 2.0 million from the Swiss Working Capital Fund (WCF) was used to pay the EUMETSAT 2018 membership fee, as well as to delays replacing the ECMWF's office and data-centre infrastructure.
MeteoSwiss generates revenue by providing meteorological services to customers both within and outside the Swiss federal administration, e.g. by preparing weather data for customers requiring information about aviation weather conditions. It also receives third-party funding from research projects.
The revenue is lower than the budgeted figure (and that of the previous year) due to the completion of a large-scale customer project and a reduction in purchases of chargeable data and information.
|Income statement in million CHF||Account
|Deviation from the budget 2018
|Deviation from the budget 2018
|Functional expenses (overall budget)||86.9||91.3||88.7||-2.6||-2.8|
|with an impact on financing||72.6||75.5||73.6||-1.9||-2.5|
|with no impact on financing||2.3||3.5||2.7||-0.9||-24.2|
|internal service charges||12.1||12.3||12.4||0.2||1.3|
|of which personnel expenses||51.4||50.6||52.0||1.4||2.8|
|with an impact on financing||51.4||50.6||52.0||1.4||2.8|
|of which IT||10.1||11.2||10.4||-0.8||-7.0|
|with an impact on financing||7.9||8.9||8.3||-0.7||-7.4|
|Internal service charges||2.2||2.3||2.2||-0.1||-5.3|
|of which consultancy and commissioned research||1.7||1.6||1.8||0.2||12.6|
|with an impact on financing||1.7||1.6||1.8||0.2||12.6|
|of which investments||1.8||4.1||2.7||-1.4||-33.1|
|with an impact on financing||1.8||4.1||2.7||-1.4||-33.1|
|with an impact on financing||25.3||32.1||27.9||-4.2||-13.1|
|Revenue and investment income||-35.6||-36.9||-34.7||2.2||-6.0|
|Functional revenue (overall budget)||-35.6||-36.9||-34.7||2.2||-6.0|
|with an impact on financing||-25.6||-26.6||-25.3||1.4||-5.1|
|with no impact on financing||-0.1||0.0||0.4||0.4|
|Internal service charges||-9.9||-10.3||-9.8||0.5||-4.8|
|Staff structure||Mother Tongue||Education||Age structure|
|Number of employees||Number of employees||Number of employees||Number of employees|
||University of applied sciences||20||20 to 29||15|
|Women total||107||Italian||33||Higher professional education||24||30 to 39||74|
||Federal Baccalaureate||16||40 to 49||106|
|Men part-time||88||English||3||Vocational education||91||50 to 59||127|
|Men total||238||Other||8||No vocational education||0||60 to 65||23|
|Total number of employees||345|
Contributions to international organisations in million CHF
|Contributions to international organisations in million CHF|
|WMO||World Meteorological Organization (Genf, CH)|
|EUMETSAT||European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Darmstadt, DE)|
|WRC||World Radiation Center (Davos, CH)|
|EZMW||Europäisches Zentrum für mittelfristige Wettervorhersage (Reading, GB)|
|EUMETNET||Netzwerk europäischer Wetterdienste (Brüssel, BE)|
|ECOMET||European Cooperation in Meteorology (Brüssel, BE)|
Expenditure credit outside the overall budget refers to mandatory contributions made by Switzerland to international organisations and institutions in accordance with Switzerland's obligations under international law.
Cost and service accounting
At 39.2%, the revenue-to-cost ratio for the project groups (including customer and third-party-funded projects) is slightly under the budgeted ratio of 40.4%.
|Cost and performance accounting in million CHF|
|Weather and climate data (PG 1)||17.1
|Weather and climate related information and expert services (PG 2)||18.5||57.4||17.7||59.9||18.9||58.5|
|Revenue to cost ratio||40.9%||40.4%||39.2%