Occupational pension funds


Occupational benefit provision (2nd pillar/LPP), which is jointly financed through employer and employee contributions, is a supplementary insurance scheme. The benefits it provides in the event of old age, invalidity or death supplement the benefits disbursed by the AVS/AI scheme. Occupational benefit provision includes all measures that are taken on a collective basis to ensure that the elderly, surviving dependants and the disabled in receipt of AVS/AI benefits are able to maintain in an appropriate manner the standard of living they enjoyed prior to the occurrence of the insured event of old-age, death or invalidity.

Impact of BREXIT on cash payment upon departure: As a result of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons between Switzerland and the EU (FMOPA), as well as Regulations (EC) No. 883/2004 and (EC) No. 987/2009 on the coordination of social security systems, do no longer apply to relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
As of 1 January 2021, there is no more restriction of the cash payment of the occupational pension scheme after departure to the United Kingdom in accordance with the Swiss national law. As a result, persons residing in the UK are entitled to claim the cash payment of their entire departure benefits of the occupational pension scheme (compulsory and supplementary benefits).
The new bilateral social security agreement, applicable as from 1 November 2021, has no impact on this legal situation since it does not cover the occupational pension scheme.

Switzerland’s old-age insurance system: A tried-and-tested system – in simple terms

This brochure is designed to provide you with basic information on Switzerland's old-age insurance system. It focuses on the first pillar, OASI, and on the second, occupational pension insurance, but also provides a brief summary of the third pillar, voluntary private provision.

Research and evaluation

In department-led research, basis for the evaluation and development of policies, legislation and its implementation are drawn up.

Information for insured persons

The first line of contact for insured persons with questions about Occupational pension funds are the compensation funds. Free information about pension funds are available on the following website:

We compiled a list of the answers to the most frequently asked questions on the following page:


History of social security

Dive into the history of social security in Switzerland.

Last modification 04.11.2021

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