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Income statement

Income statement WSL's operating income in 2018 totalled CHF 89,8 million. Federal government funding (financial contribution and contribution to accommodation) amounted to around CHF 61 million, accounting for 68 % of the WSL's operating income. Income from second and third parties totalled CHF 25,9 million, equivalent to roughly 29 % of WSL's operating income. Operating costs in 2018 totalled CHF 86,6 million. Personnel expenses account for the lion's share (76 %) of operating costs. The increase in staff number and the salary progression explain the rise in personnel expenses by CHF 2,5 million. The end-of-year result was CHF 3 million.

WSL income statement for 2017 and 2018:

In thousands of Swiss francs

2017

2018

Basic federal government funding 

61'633

61'079

Research contributions, research contracts and scientific services

23'009

25'887

Other income

3'369

2'813

Operating income

88'012

89'778

Personnel expenses

63'238

65'719

Material expenses

18'568

18'572

Depreciation and transfer expenses       

2'235

2'349

Operating costs

84'042

86'640

Financial result

41

-67

End-of-year result

4'011

3'072

 

Sources of funding

In 2018, the federal government provided 66,5 % of WSL's funding in the form of direct contributions. It also contributed a further 26,6 % via competitive research funds and federal research contracts (second-party funding). The remaining 6,9 % of income stemmed from third-party funding (projects with cantons or municipalities, business-oriented research), other income, course fees, donations and bequests.