In the WSL financial statement of 2021, the operating income amounted to CHF 90 million. The federal financial contribution (basic financial and accommodation contribution) amounted to around CHF 62 million, accounting for 69 % of the operating income. The income from research contributions, contracts and scientific services amounted to CHF 25 million, equivalent to roughly 28 % of WSL's operating income. The operating expenses in 2021 amounted CHF 94 million and firstly have been used to cover personnel expenses with a share of 77 %. The p ersonnel expenses decreased by CHF 1.4 million compared to the previous year, which is due to the decrease in net pension expenses. On the other hand, staff salaries increased by around CHF 2 million due to the increase in the number of employees and the development of staff salaries. The financial annual result was CHF -3.3 million.
WSL income statement for 2021 and 2020:
In thousands of Swiss francs
Federal financial contribuition
Research contributions, research contracts and scientific services
Depreciation and transfer expenses
In 2021, the federal government provided 67,8 % of WSL's funding in the form of direct contributions. It also contributed a further 24,9 % via competitive research funds and federal research contracts (second-party funding). The remaining 7,3 % of income stemmed from third-party funding (projects with cantons or municipalities, business-oriented research), other income, course fees, donations and bequests.