Facts and figures
Around three quarters of expenses incurred by MeteoSwiss relate to the provision of weather and climate services (data collection, information processing, expert services). Personnel expenses were around CHF 1.2 million above the budget, primarily due to the temporary recruitment of ICT specialists for consultation purposes. Like last year, external specialists were needed to implement complex mission-critical projects (more specifically the migration to Windows 10 and next-generation data transfer). Operating expenses were CHF 2.9 million below the budget, due to both the fact that various projects and plans (cf. proposal to create new reserves) were delayed and the additional CHF 1.2 million required in personnel expenses was offset in operating expenses.
The CHF 1.1 million rise in ICT operating expenses was predominantly down to additional project costs (migration to Windows 10, geo-redundant/crisis-proof computing, next-generation data transfer and GENOVA).
Consultancy expenses were around CHF 0.6 million above the budget as a result of various projects (e.g. EPFL radar innovation, OWARNA2 and Postproc Veri).
Capital expenditure was above the budget, mainly because replacements had to be purchased for the measuring stations (wind profilers) and for mission-critical ICT infrastructure. However, depreciation is slightly below the budget.
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. Around 72% of the drop in revenue is attributable to the lower chargeable costs for aviation weather calculations (new cost ceiling for aviation weather -CHF 2.9 million; the FDHA-DETEC agreement on reduced charging in the years 2020-22 -CHF 2.9 million; lower data charging for aviation weather in accordance with the Ordinance on Meteorology and Climatology (MetClimO) -CHF 0.8 million). The remaining fall in revenue is due to the full revision of MetClimO (-CHF 1.9 million) and the waiver of the charging of data costs within the federal government (-CHF 0.5 million).
|Income statement in million CHF||Account
|Budget 2020||Account 2020||Δ VA20 - R20
|Δ VA20 - R20
|Expenditure / expenses||117.8||125.1||121.0||-4.1||-3.3|
|Functional expenses (overall budget)||90.3||95.9||94.4||-1.5||-1.6|
|with an impact on financing||75.5||80.9||79.3||-1.6||-2.0|
|with no impact on financing||2.4||2.8||2.6||-0.2||-5.6|
|internal service charges||12.4||12.2||12.5||0.3||2.1|
|of which personnel expenses||54.1||55.3||56.5||1.2||2.2|
|with an impact on financing||54.1||55.3||56.5||1.2||2.2|
|of which IT||11.6||12.4||13.5||1.1||8.7|
|with an impact on financing||9.4||10.3||11.1||0.8||7.8|
|internal service charges||2.2||2.1||2.4||0.3||13.2|
|of which consultancy and commissioned research||1.7||1.7||2.4||0.6||38.0|
|with an impact on financing||1.7||1.7||2.4||0.6||38.0|
|of which investments||1.4||1.9||2.5||0.7||37.5|
|with an impact on financing||1.4||1.9||2.5||0.7||37.5|
|with an impact on financing||27.5||29.2||26.6||-2.6||-8.9|
|Revenue and investment income||-27.9||-34.5||-25.3||9.2||-26.7|
|Functional revenue (overall budget)||-27.9||-34.5||-25.3||9.2||-26.7|
|with an impact on financing||-20.8||-26.9||-17.5||9.4||-34.9|
|with no impact on financing||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|internal service charges||-7.1||-7.6||-7.8||-0.2||2.1|
|Staff structure||Mother Tongue||Education||Age structure|
|Number of employees||Number of employees||Number of employees||Number of employees|
|Women full-time||37||German||205||University||239||Under 20||5|
|Women part-time||84||French||80||University of applied sciences||20||20 to 29||34|
|Women total||121||Italian||35||Higher professional education||42||30 to 39||72|
|Men full-time||160||Romanic||0||Federal Baccalaureate||25||40 to 49||118|
|Men part-time||108||English||5||Vocational education||62||50 to 59||128|
|Men total||268||Other||64||No vocational education||0||60 to 65||32|
|Total number of employees||389|
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 26.9%, the revenue-to-cost ratio for the project groups (including customer and third-party-funded projects) is slightly under the budgeted ratio of 36%.
|Cost and performance accounting in million CHF|
|Weather and climate data (PG 1)||5.0||24.2||6.2||24.5||2.7||27.7|
|Weather and climate related information and expert services (PG 2)||22.9||66.1||28.3||67.0||22.7||66.7|
|Revenue to cost ratio||30.9%||37.7%||26.9%|