Facts and figures
Around three quarters of the 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 payments, and is predominantly tied (payments to international organisations).
The total expenses of MeteoSwiss were around 4 million CHF below the budget estimate, at CHF 112.3 million. This below-budget figure is primarily due to the following:
- Cash expenses: various projects and plans were delayed in 2017. This led to corresponding reductions in expenditure.
- Non-cash expenses: 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: the lower transfer expenses compared to the budgeted figure were primarily due to delays in renewing the office and data centre infrastructure at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading (UK).
MeteoSwiss earns income from providing internal and external meteorological services, such as the preparation of weather data for flying weather customers. Third party funds for research projects are also included here.
The reduced revenue in comparison to the budgeted figure (and to that of the previous year) is due to the conclusion of a large-scale customer project as well as reductions in take-up of chargeable data and information.
|Income statement in million CHF|
|Absolute deviation from the budget 2017||Relative deviation from the budget 2017|
|Internal services charged||9.7||10.4||9.9||-0.5||-4.3%|
|Funding not received||0.2||0.0||0.1||0.1|
|Funding received, thereform||70.6||73.9||72.6||-1.3||-1.7%|
|Consultancy and commissioned research||1.1||1.9||1.7||-0.2||-10%|
|Staff structure||Mother Tongue||Education||Age structure|
|Number of employees||Number of employees||Number of employees||Number of employees|
|Women full-time||38||German||228||University||196||Under 20||9|
|Women part-time||82||French||82||University of applied sciences||21||20 to 29||28|
|Women total||120||Italian||33||Higher professional education||24||30 to 39||68|
|Men full-time||158||Romanic||1||Federal Baccalaureate||16||40 to 49||113|
|Men part-time||83||English||3||Vocational education||95||50 to 59||120|
|Men total||241||Other||8||No vocational education||0||60 to 65||23|
|Total number of employees||361|
Contributions to international organisations in million CHF
|Contributions to international organisations in million CHF|
Cost and service accounting
At 41.8 percent, the cost recovery ratio for the project groups (PG) is slightly under the budgeted figure of 42.3 percent (including customer and third-party-funded projects).
|Cost and performance accounting in million CHF|
|Weather and climate data (PG 1)||19.3||28.1||18.2||30.2||16.9||28.6|
|Weather and climate related information and expert services (PG 2)||17.6||53.6||19.7||59.3||18.2||55.4|
|Revenue to cost ratio||45.2%||42.3%||41.8%|