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Income statement

In the financial statement of 2019, the operating income amounted to CHF 88 million. The federal financial contribution (basic financial and accommodation contribution) amounted to around CHF 59 million, accounting for 67 % of the WSL's operating income. The income from second and third parties funding totalled CHF 26,6 million, equivalent to roughly 30 % of WSL's operating income. The operating expenses in 2019 amounted CHF 91,2 million and firstly have been used to cover personnel expenses with a share of 75 %. The increase in staff number and the salary progression explain the rise in personnel expenses by CHF 2,6 million. The financial annual result was CHF -3.3 million.


WSL income statement for 2018 and 2019:

In thousands of Swiss francs

2018

2019

Federal financial contribuition   

61'079

59'066

Research contributions, research contracts and scientific services

25'887

26'641

Other income

2'813

2'282

Operating income

89'77887'989

Personnel expenses

65'719

68'277

Material expenses

18'572

20'113

Depreciation and transfer expenses       

2'349

2'830

Operating expenses

86'64091'220

Financial result

-67

-48

Annual result

3'072

-3'279

 

Sources of funding

In 2019, the federal government provided 65,6 % of WSL's funding in the form of direct contributions. It also contributed a further 28,8 % via competitive research funds and federal research contracts (second-party funding). The remaining 5,6 % of income stemmed from third-party funding (projects with cantons or municipalities, business-oriented research), other income, course fees, donations and bequests.