Facts and figures

Income statement

Expenses
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). 

Revenues
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
  Account
2016
Budget
2017
Account
2017
Absolute deviation from the budget 2017 Relative deviation from the budget 2017
Earnings 37.2 37.9  35.6 -2.3 -6.1%
Funding received 27.3 27.5 25.6 -1.9 -7%
Internal services charged 9.7 10.4 9.9 -0.5 -4.3%
Funding not received 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1  
Expenses 106.4 116.3 112.3 -4.0 -3.4%
Funding received, thereform 70.6 73.9 72.6 -1.3 -1.7%
Personnel expenses 50.6 49.9 51.4 1.5 3%
Information Technology 9.1 9.7 10.1 0.4 3.9%
Consultancy and commissioned research 1.1 1.9 1.7 -0.2 -10%
Investments 1.9 3.0 1.8 -1.2 -40.1%
Transfer payments 22.1 26.9 25.3 -1.5 -5.6%
Balance 69.2 78.4 76.7 -1.7 -2.2%

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 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
Fixed-term 53     Apprentices 9    
Unlimited 308            
Total number of employees 361            

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
  Account 2016
Budget 2017
Account 2017
  Earnings Expenses Earnings Expenses Earnings Expenses
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
Total 36.2 81.7 37.9 89.5 35.1 84.0
Revenue to cost ratio   45.2%   42.3%   41.8%