Public Sector

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The future is already here for the federal government, cantons and municipalities

The public sector stands on the brink of major changes. For example, technological advances will substantially influence life in our cities. So-called smart cities will pose a variety of challenges for municipal authorities, but at the same time they will also bring new opportunities.

To meet such challenges, the Swiss education system must align itself with the needs of the market. That will be the only way to prevent a shortage of skilled workers. In addition, the authorities will need to operate more efficiently because of the pressure to make cost savings.

Though fiscal competition and a strong Swiss franc have reduced Switzerland's appeal as a financial centre, “Swissness” is still a locational advantage we need to preserve for the future.

The public sector will have a role to play in the conflict between federalism and globalization: it will be charged with maintaining existing skills whilst also developing new ones.

Our services for the public sector

  • Public law
    Public-service regulations and laws influence almost all economic sectors and many aspects of domestic life. This applies both to the relationship between the individual and the public sector as well as the relationship between different public authorities. We can advise on all matters of public law.
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  • Digital IT in the public domain
    Thanks to technological progress, public authorities can continuously monitor and adapt the deployment and security of their data. We can help you use your data effectively, safely, and economically.
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  • Non-profit organisations
    As a national or international non-profit organisation, you are under increasing pressure: you must always operate more economically, more effectively, and with greater transparency. We can help to increase the efficiency of your organisation, so that more money will be available for the essentials: Your community commitments.
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  • Public finances
    Optimise your costs, increase your efficiency and realign your financial strategy. With our support, you can deploy limited public-sector funds efficiently, transparently, and above all effectively.
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Moritz Oberli
Industry Leader Public Sector Services, Bern
Tel: +41 58 792 75 27

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Simplified processes

The Rodtegg is a social institution for children, young people and adults with multiple physical disabilities.

The Rodtegg was looking for a new, complete IT solution that would optimise internal processes, provide user groups with all the necessary information and avoid redundancies.

”In PwC, we found an experienced partner who is familiar with the needs of social institutions and who provided us with IT services and comprehensive advisory services that really convinced us.”
Luitgardis Sonderegger Director of the Rodtegg

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Implementation of new finance systems

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) has eight departments spread over three locations at Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil. It has 8,000 students in total.  

In November 2001 the Hochschulamt (a university governing body in Zurich) decided to introduce ABACUS Payroll as an alternative financial system to PALAS, which triggered an incremental integration of various ABACUS business software modules at universities in Zurich.

”In our collaboration with PwC during the past few years, I particularly appreciated the consultants' technical know-how and the continuity of the team's composition.” 
Reto Schnellmann, Chairman of the Board ZHAW

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Flexibility and simplicity needed

The Foundation for the Handicapped Aarau-Lenzburg, “Orte zum Leben” offers more than 280 adults with mainly mental, but also in certain instances multiple, handicaps an array of needs-compatible opportunities in the areas of habitation/daycare, industrial workshops, carpet-/hand-weaving, social integration centres, service groups and housekeeping.

The foundation’s administration was looking for an ideally suited evaluation, analysis and reporting system that is quick, simple and flexible to use.

"Our dialogue with PwC is built on trust and continuity – this was also the case in the evaluation and introduction of QlikView. Together, we have found a tailored solution that offers us clear added value."
Felix Bachmann, Head of Administration at Foundation for the Handicapped Aarau-Lenzburg, «Orte zum Leben»

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Our publications

Find out more about developments in the public sector via our studies, reports and brochures.


PwC's Not-for-profit Excellence Survey 2016

This report summarises the findings of the second not-for-profit organisation survey PwC carried out in summer 2016. Two years after the first edition, we revisited the questions and expanded the survey’s reach beyond French-speaking Switzerland.


Cities of Opportunity 7 - Results overview

This Results Overview provides highlights, fundamental findings and methodology to gain a quick understanding of Cities of Opportunity 7, an analysis of 30 global or regional centers of business, finance and commerce.


Staying power - European cities hotel forecast for 2016 and 2017

European cities hotel forecast 2016 and 2017 analyses trading trends and provides econometric forecasts for 19 cities, all national or regional capitals of finance, commerce and culture. This year, in addition to looking at what might go right or...


Government and the 17th Annual Global CEO Survey: Fit for their futures

Each year, PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey captures the issues at the top of the agenda for the world’s business community. As in past years, we have deepened the research for PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey1 by including a range of interviews...

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PwC Meinungspapier: Transparenz: ein Gewinn für Non-Profit-Organisationen

Auch für nichtgewinnorientierte Organisationen gilt dieser Grundsatz. Non-Profit- Organisationen (NPO) haben zwar keine Eigentümer, dafür aber zahlreiche Anspruchsgruppen (Stakeholder). Diese wollen einen Einblick in die Art und Weise der...

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17. jährliche Globale CEO-Umfrage von PwC - Interview mit Herrn Peter Hegglin

Interview mit Herrn Peter Hegglin, Finanzdirektor des Kantons Zug & Präsident der Konferenz der kantonalen Finanzdirektoren Schweiz