Working in Austria might be the biggest dream of everybody right now, but there are some facts about the job market. You have to know that before you can make a move. In some areas, the country faces labor shortages; ex-pats should be aware of that. And the people who are local employers engage both inside and outside the country for talent. This could provide the perfect opportunity for present foreigners to move the people to the Alpine country. So let’s look at what kind of work and employment we can do in Austria.
Kinds of employment
- In Austria, a person may be get employed from the age of 15. E.g., for professional training (Teaching), during school holidays for an apprenticeship. Once compulsory school education is completed, there is an obligation to continue educational measures until age 18. Therefore any form of employment can only go hand in hand with educational measures.
- Working part-time is widespread in commerce. Seasonal work and agriculture, and forestry are common in tourism and the hotel and catering trade in cities and touristic areas.
- Fixed-term employment contracts may also be possible in the building trade.
The type of employment prescribed in the employment contract does not necessarily relate to the situation in real life.
Job search on the internet
Internet job searching is simple, easy, and inexpensive. There are several worksites, and you can either browse all positions offered by categories or keep your profile of skills and interests, and then the system can tell you the correct job offers. Nearly all worksites in the Austrian market are only available in German! So make sure you have your German brushed up in time or get a friend to help you search the pages.
How do you know which worksite is the correct one as always with the internet? No problem, we’ve got a shortlist of your most famous worksites:
One of Austria’s most visited job sites is www. job pilot. at. You can enter your profile, and you will receive weekly listings matching your criteria for new job offers. Jobpilot has been widely recommended and has helped many individuals find their work. There are thousands of openwork offers.
Www. Standard. This is the homepage of the famous Der Standard newspaper. It provides an excellent search engine with the ability to restrict your search to particular Austrian districts and the type of work you are searching for (internship, full-time, part-time). It has vacancies of 1000-2000.
Www. Der Markt. It is a work, car, and housing portal. It carries thousands of offers and is the job site for the significant Kleine Zeitung newspaper in Austria. A lot of postings come from agencies.
Www.ams.or.This is the Austrian Jobs Service’s official portal. Navigate to the ‘ejob-room’ to search for vacancies. Nearly all AMS programs are available online, from job-search to offers of education and assistance to foreigners. Some facilities are public, you may need to register on the web for others, and you need a valid social security number.
Working in Austria as a Foreigner
- In 2018, the Austrian Government refused to join the UN Migration Agreement, but it is still intuitive for most people, EU citizens, and non-EU citizens, to pave their way in the Alpine country.
- The reasoning behind Austria not joining the UN migration agreement was partly to avoid illegal migration.
- Nevertheless, Austria has accepted one of the largest shares of asylum seekers in Europe’s migration crisis of 2015. Either way, you come from, having a good understanding of the German language will give you a better chance to get a job in Austria.
If you are planning to have a job in Vienna’s capital, there should be enough job opportunities in industries such as IT, tourism, research, and the service industry.
Other Requirements for Working in Austria
- Get the Red-White-Red Card, one must have health insurance, that covers all risks in Austria.
- Must have proof of accommodation in Austria, which also includes a notice period.
- Proof of a secure livelihood.
How to Apply for a Job in Austria
Remember that the Austrian business community is relatively small and if you’re not discreet, you could spread the news about your job market moves, such as job applications and interviews.
Try to focus on the quality rather than the number of your applications to cut the chances that external influences will interfere with your dream job.
A professional application, which is the next step in the process, will ultimately lead to a personal interview.
A full application for a job involves:
- Authored submission for job requests
- The CV (curriculum vitae)
- Picture Passport
- Certifications from past operations or/and employers
- Certifications from supplementary courses or workshops
- The Letter of Application
Your application should be written in German if you apply for a position in Austria or an Austrian company. It would help if you expressed why you are the best fit for this job in your application. Don’t get dragged away. Stick with the facts, and list your experiences and skills, though.
It should not be longer than one A4 page for your submission. Be precise and concentrate.
Jobs For The Students-
A student has two opportunities:
- You will work full-time for up to 3 months (in one year) without an income cap.
- The second option: you can work part-time (but not more than 12 hours a week) and you are not permitted to earn more than EUR 323 per month.
In both cases, the employer needs to file a work permit (Beschäftigungsbewilling) at the employee’s local government institution (= for you as an international student). You are not permitted to work in Austria without this job permit (Beschäftigungsbewilligung), unless you work based on a job contract (Werkvertrag). Be aware that not every employment contract meets the legal criteria and will also give you fewer rights.
Several offices employ temporary employees. The corporation pays you, and they can rent you out to businesses that need temporary workers. This model works reasonably well for lower-level workers, such as assistants, building, and cleaning jobs. This is a good starting point for many individuals to get a job quickly. If you do a good job, you can take over the business that originally only ‘leased’ in a full role.