Everything you need to know to find a job in Austria

Everything you need to know to find a job in

From the best places to look for work to the work culture in Austrian companies, there are a few key differences to be aware of.

Be prepared to be a migrant worker

It can be an uncomfortable realization, but moving to another country, whether for work or for love, turns people into migrants.

According to Sam Wade, native speaker teacher in Vienna and co-host of The Autsiders Podcast, this is something that should not be overlooked – no matter where people are from – and that will help adjust to the new environment. of work.

He said: “An important first step is to give up the expat ID and accept that you are or will be a migrant worker.

“It prepares you in two ways – first for how the Austrians will probably look at you, as if they are doing you a favor by letting you live and work here.

“And secondly because it highlights the kind of support or advice available to other migrant workers.

“It makes you more willing to accept help and advice if it is offered to you, and increases solidarity with workers from countries that are never expats – you never hear people say Turkish expat, Bulgarian expat or Nigerian. “

For people from non-EU countries, most visas and work permits are also linked to a condition to take an integration course and learn the German language up to a certain level (in most case, level A2).

A door marked “employees”. How to succeed in your job search in Austria? Photo: Oliver Collet / Unsplash

Expect a different attitude at work

First, people tend to start working earlier in the day in Austria.

In the UK, for example, starting work at 9 a.m. is quite normal, but in Austria it is common to start working at 8 a.m. or even earlier in some companies.

In addition, many workplaces end the work week on Friday noon, giving staff the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend.

Collaboration is also an important part of working life in Austria, the aim being to allow all stakeholders to have their say.

Then there is the work-life balance, with most Austrians taking the work-to-live approach, rather than choosing to live to work.

For people in the UK and US, where there is a strong culture of presenteeism and an ‘always on’ attitude, the Austrian approach to work can be a welcome change.

Sam, from Cambridge, UK, also advises people to learn about the union system in their industry.

He said: “For people from English speaking countries like the US and UK, they are unlikely to expect the level of support and protection they can get from their union in Austria or the UK. ‘Arbeiterkammer. “

The Arbeiterkammer is the Chamber of Labor in Austria and focuses on social justice. It is the preferred location for work-related legal advice.

Service and industry sectors are big companies

The service sector is an important economic player and the largest employer in the country with 71.48 per cent of active employees in Austria working in the sector.

Next is industry at 25.04 percent and agriculture at 3.48 percent. According to Statista, these percentages have remained fairly stable over the past decade – although the latest figures are from 2020.

To break it down even further, the following areas are big contributors to the Austrian economy: food and luxury goods, mechanical engineering, steel construction, chemicals, and vehicle manufacturing.

Tourism is another key pillar of the Austrian economy, especially in the Alpine and lake regions, and in cities like Vienna and Salzburg.

Find more statistics on Statista

The main Austrian cities are key hubs for employment

As the country’s capital, Vienna is a popular base for businesses and international organizations, like the United Nations, many of which have adopted English as their working language.

A quick online search by The Local found many advertised English-speaking jobs in Vienna, especially for web developers, software engineers, and academia positions.

READ MORE: The best places to live in Austria that are not Vienna

Outside of Vienna, Linz has a strong job market and is Austria’s second largest economic zone, with global companies like Borealis, BMW and Siemens based in the city.

Salzburg is another popular hub for international job seekers, with companies like Red Bull and Hofer located in the province.

Other major employers in Salzburg are BMW, KTM, the University of Salzburg and Porsche.

For technology jobs, Graz has a lot to offer, especially in the areas of biotechnology, energy and the environment.

Jobs in Austria have been hit by the pandemic

Austria saw unemployment figures rise last year as a result of the pandemic – especially in areas dependent on tourism and the service sector, like Innsbruck in Tyrol.

READ: Eight weird and wonderful Austrian place names

However, since the start of the year, the national unemployment rate has fallen.

In January, Austria’s unemployment rate was 11.4 percent, but in March it had fallen to 9.4 percent and in April it was 8.7 percent.

In the years leading up to 2020, the unemployment rate steadily declined – official figures show it was 4.5% in 2019 and 4.9% in 2018.

Where and how to look for a job in Austria

Most job searches in Austria start online at popular sites like LinkedIn and Indeed. But there are also Austria specific websites and platforms.

Karriere is an Austrian job board that lists English speaking jobs, XING is similar to LinkedIn but focuses on the German speaking market and Jobs in Vienna is dedicated to professional job seekers and international residents of the capital.

Sam has one final piece of advice for job seekers in Austria: “It is often helpful to see if the job posting you found in English is also published in German.

“It may happen that the remuneration and conditions are different in the German list than the foreign one.”

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