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Income statement

In the financial statement of 2020, the operating income amounted to CHF 92 million. The federal financial contribution (basic financial and accommodation contribution) amounted to around CHF 62 million, accounting for 67 % of the WSL's operating income. The income from second and third parties funding totalled CHF 28 million, equivalent to roughly 30 % of WSL's operating income. The operating expenses in 2020 amounted CHF 94,3 million and firstly have been used to cover personnel expenses with a share of 78 %. The increase in staff number and the salary progression explain the rise in personnel expenses by CHF 5,1 million. The financial annual result was CHF -2.3 million.


WSL income statement for 2020 and 2019:

In thousands of Swiss francs

2020

2019

Federal financial contribuition   

61’832

59'066

Research contributions, research contracts and scientific services

27’870

26'641

Other income

2’288

2'282

Operating income

91’990

87'989

Personnel expenses

73’333

68'277

Material expenses

17’995

20'113

Depreciation and transfer expenses       

2'964

2'830

Operating expenses

94’292

91'220

Financial result

-2

-48

Annual result

-2’304

-3'279

 

Sources of funding

In 2020, the federal government provided 65,8 % of WSL's funding in the form of direct contributions. It also contributed a further 27,7 % via competitive research funds and federal research contracts (second-party funding). The remaining 6,5 % of income stemmed from third-party funding (projects with cantons, municipalities, international organizations as well as business-oriented research), other income, course fees, donations and bequests..