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 projects (migration to Windows 10, website relaunch) and new counter-financed projects (National Hail Climatography Switzerland, EUMETNET AutoPollen, Escape2). The remaining quarter relates to transfer expenses and is largely committed (mandatory contributions to international organisations). Transfer expenses decreased slightly on the previous year, mainly because the contribution due to EUMETSAT was lower. Investment expenditure was lower than the previous year. This was partly due to the successful completion of the 'automatic radiosonding' project in Payerne.

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.

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
 2018
Budget 2019 Account 2019 Deviation from
 the budget
 2018 absolut
Deviation from
 the budget
 2018 relative
MeteoSwiss 81.9 93.2 89.9 -3.3 -3.6
Expenditure / expenses 116.6 126.2 117.8 -8.3 -6.6
Functional expenses (overall budget) 88.7 91.6 90.3 -1.2                      -1.4
with an impact on financing 73.6 76.6 75.5 -1.1                      -1.5
with no impact on financing 2.7 2.8 2.4 -0.4                    -12.8
internal service charges 12.4 12.2 12.4 0.2                       1.9
of which personnel expenses 52.0 53.3 54.1 0.8                       1.4
with an impact on financing 52.0 53.3 54.1 0.8                       1.4
of which IT 10.4 11.1 11.6 0.5                       4.2
with an impact on financing 8.3 9.1 9.4 0.3                       2.9
internal service charges 2.2 2.0 2.2 0.2                     10.4
of which consultancy and commissioned research 1.8 1.6 1.7 0.1                       8.4
with an impact on financing 1.8 1.6 1.7 0.1                       8.4
of which investments 2.7 2.0 1.4 -0.6                    -29.6
with an impact on financing 2.7 2.0 1.4 -0.6                    -29.6
Transfer expenses 27.9 34.6 27.5 -7.1                    -20.5
with an impact on financing 27.9 34.6 27.5 -7.1                    -20.5
Revenue and investment income -34.7 -33.0 -27.9 5.0 -15.2
Functional revenue (overall budget) -34.7 -33.0 -27.9 5.0 -15.2
with an impact on financing -25.3 -25.9 -20.8 5.1                    -19.6
with no impact on financing 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0   
internal service charges -9.8 -7.1 -7.1 0.0                       0.7

Personnel indicators

Staff structure Mother Tongue Education Age structure
Number of employees Number of employees Number of employees Number of employees
Women full-time 25 German 220 University 200 Under 20 0
Women part-time 78 French 84 University of applied sciences 21 20 to 29 15
Women total 103 Italian 34 Higher professional education 46 30 to 39 67
Men full-time 150 Romanic 0 Federal Baccalaureate 23 40 to 49 115
Men part-time 95 English 3 Vocational education 58 50 to 59 122
Men total 245 Other 7 No vocational education 0 60 to 65 29
Fixed-term 30     Apprentices 5    
Unlimited 318            
Total number of employees 348            

Contributions to international organisations in million CHF

Contributions to international organisations in million CHF    
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
WMO 1.5 1.4 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
EUMETSAT 10.3 10.3 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
WRC 1.0 1.1 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
ECMWF 1.9 1.9 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
European Cooperation
(EUMETNET, ECOMET)
0.3 0.3 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
Total 15.0 15.0 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
                                   
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 30.9%, the revenue-to-cost ratio for the project groups (including customer and third-party-funded projects) is slightly under the budgeted ratio of 35.9%.

Cost and performance accounting in million CHF    
  Account 2018
Budget 2019
Account 2019
  Earnings Expenses Earnings Expenses Earnings Expenses
Weather and climate data (PG 1) 15.9 30.2 5.5 20.5 5.0 24.2
Weather and climate related information and expert services (PG 2) 18.9 58.5 27.4 71.1 22.9 66.1
Total 34.8 88.7 32.9 91.6 27.9 90.3
Revenue to cost ratio   39.2%   35.9%   30.9%

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