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Facts and figures

Income statement

Expenses

Around three quarters of expenses incurred by MeteoSwiss relate to the provision of weather and climate services (data collection, information processing, expert services). In terms of operating expenses, the increase in costs was primarily due to, first, the additional funding required to finance high-performance computing capabilities for weather forecasts, and, second, the new Weather4UN project. The remaining quarter relates to transfer expenses and is largely committed (mandatory contributions to international organisations). Transfer expenses were down from the previous year, mainly because the contribution to the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) was lower. Investment expenditure was lower than the previous year, as there were delays in the delivery of planned ICT replacement purchases.

Revenue

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. Revenue remained at the same level as the previous year.

Income statement in million CHF Account
 2020
Budget 2021 Account 2021 Δ VA20 - R20
Deviation from
 the budget
 2021 absolut
Δ VA20 - R20
Deviation from
 the budget
 2021 relative
MeteoSwiss 95.6 100.4 95.5 -4.9 -4.9
Expenditure / expenses 121.0 125.6 121.0 -4.7 -3.7
Functional expenses (overall budget) 94.4 100.6
96.4 -4.2                    -4.1
with an impact on financing 79.3 86.3 82.1
-4.1                    -4.8
with no impact on financing 2.6 2.5 2.2 -0.3                  -10.0
internal service charges 12.5 11.8 12.1 0.2                     2.1
of which personnel expenses 56.5 56.4 56.7 0.3
                    0.5
with an impact on financing 56.5 56.4 56.7 0.3
                   0.5
of which IT 13.5 13.4 15.5 2.2
                     16.1
with an impact on financing 11.1
11.1 13.1 2.0
                   18.1
internal service charges 2.4 2.2 2.4 0.1                   6.2
of which consultancy and commissioned research 2.4
2.6
2.6 -0.1
                   -2.9
with an impact on financing 2.4
2.6
2.6 -0.1
                    -2.9
of which investments 2.5
2.4
2.0 -0.4                 -15.9
with an impact on financing 2.5
2.4
2.0 -0.4
                 -15.9
Transfer expenses 26.6 25.1 24.5 -0.5                  -2.0
with an impact on financing 26.6 25.1 24.5 -0.5                -2.0
Revenue and investment income -25.4 -25.2 -25.5 -0.3 1.1
Functional revenue (overall budget) -25.4 -25.2 -25.5 -0.3
1.1
with an impact on financing -17.5 -17.7 -18.0 -0.2
                   1.2
with no impact on financing -0.2
0.0 -0.3
-0.3
  
internal service charges -7.8 -7.5 -7.3 0.2                       -3.0

Personnel indicators

Staff structure Mother Tongue Education Age structure
Number of employees Number of employees Number of employees Number of employees
Women full-time 38 German 247 University 222 Under 20 0
Women part-time 76
French 86 University of applied sciences 23 20 to 29 22
Women total 114 Italian 29
Higher professional education 38
30 to 39 71
Men full-time 188 Romanic 0 Federal Baccalaureate 23 40 to 49 115
Men part-time 71
English 3
Vocational education 61 50 to 59 130
Men total 259 Other 8
No vocational education 0 60 to 65 35
Fixed-term 36
    Apprentices 6
   
Unlimited 337            
Total number of employees 373            

Contributions to international organisations in million CHF

Contributions to international organisations in million CHF        
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
WMO 1.4 1.4 1.6 2.0 2.2 2.2 1.9 2.0 1.9 2.6 2.7 2.5 3.2 3.6 3.5
EUMETSAT 9.0 7.9 8.9 10.1 9.8 8.4 7.9 8.5 14.3 15.6 18.8 21.4 20.2 18.9 17.0
WRC 1.1 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
ECMWF 2.2 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.7 2.2 2.2 2.0 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2
European Cooperation
(EUMETNET, ECOMET)
0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4
Total 14.0 13.0 13.8 15.5 15.2 13.8 13.1 13.9 20.1 22.1 25.3 27.9 27.5 26.6 24.6
                                   
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 26.5%, the revenue-to-cost ratio for the project groups (including customer and third-party-funded projects) is above the budgeted ratio of 25%.

Cost and performance accounting in million CHF    
  Account 2020
Budget 2021
Account 2021
  Earnings Expenses Earnings Expenses Earnings Expenses
Weather and climate data (PG 1) 2.7
27.7 4.5
27.1 3.1
22.9
Weather and climate related information and expert services (PG 2) 22.7 66.7 20.7 73.5
22.4 73.5
Total 25.4 94.4 25.2 100.6 25.5 96.4
Revenue to cost ratio   26.9%   25.0%   26.5%

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