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
Basic federal government funding
Research contributions, research contracts and scientific services
Depreciation and transfer expenses
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.