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Employment

Substantial Gender Difference in Full-Time Employment

In Austria, 4.03 million employees counted for 3.54 million full-time equivalents in 2010. The gender gap is significant.

December 20, 2011

Temporary Work Increases

In 2010, 66.100 temporary workers were employed in Austria. Their number should increase up to 82.200 by 2012.

November 16, 2011

Chamber of Labor Claims Reduction in Working Time

According to the Austrian Chamber of Labor, companies earn € 4,000 per employee. The Chamber asks for fair wages and a cut in working time.

November 14, 2011

Decreasing Importance of Blue Collar Worker´s Income

The share of wages in employed income decreases. The difference between blue collar and white collar workers further goes up.

November 2, 2011

Solution Found: Wage Increase by 4.2%

After heated debates and strike threats, representatives of the Austrian metal industry and the trade union came to an agreement.

October 18, 2011

Metal Industry: New Bargaining Rounds

The Austrian trade union of metal workers and industry representatives could avert a strike. However, a compromise is still not found.

October 17, 2011

Austrian Metal Industry: Strike Threatens

After a warning strike on Friday, representatives of the metal industry and the trade union still reached no agreement. Now, a full strike threatens.

October 15, 2011

Bargaining Suspended – Metal Workers Take Industrial Action

Employees of more than 140 Austrian companies went on strike after negotiators had failed to agree on wage increases.

October 13, 2011

Chamber of Labor Claims Substantial Wage Increase

The Austrian Chamber of Labor calls for a massive rise in wages for metal workers. The union refers to increase profits of the metal industry.

October 10, 2011

FDI Remains Essential for Austrian Business Location

According to a study of Statistics Austria, the number of foreign subsidiaries even grew in 2009 by 6%. The number of Austrian subsidiaries owned by foreign corporations grew slightly.

October 5, 2011

Metal Workers Start Autumn Bargaining Round

Salaries of 190,000 employees in the metal industry will be negotiated. Trade unions demand substantial increases.

September 22, 2011

Layoff at UPC

The Austrian subsidiary of the U.S. group Liberty Global further reduces staff.

September 20, 2011

Employment Numbers Rose in the Second Quarter

Number of employed increased, number of unemployed decreased, more vacancies in the second quarter of 2011.

September 15, 2011

Firms Budget 2.8% Wage Increase

Top management of Austrian companies will likely benefit from the highest pay rise next year.

September 14, 2011

August Brings First Rise in Unemployment Rate in 17 Months

First signs of a weakening labor market: The number of unemployed rose by 0.4% to 219,247 in August. Job vacancies were down 6.7%.

September 1, 2011

Austria Confirms Top Ranking in EU Unemployment Statistics

The Austrian unemployment rate continued to decline in July. It dropped to 3.7% from 3.9% in June.

August 31, 2011

Industry Raises Alarm over Lack of Technicians and Apprentices

voestalpine CEO Eder and WKÖ president Leitl call for measures against the shortage of skilled personnel. They want to increase the attractiveness of technical jobs and raise the retirement age.

August 23, 2011

Unions Call for Massive Wage Increase

Austrian unionists demand a substantial premium above the inflation rate. They argue that employees should benefit from the strong economic development.

August 19, 2011

Decline in Unemployment Rate Continues

The number of unemployed fell by 4% to 262,904 in July. The positive development has lasted for 17 months already.

August 1, 2011

Economic Growth to Slow Down in Second Half of 2011

Real growth is predicted to fall to 0.3% in the third quarter. The forecast is based on reduced export prospects, a lower number of new orders and the euro crisis.

July 19, 2011

Green Tech Industry as an Important Factor in the Styrian Economy

The Styrian green tech cluster has grown twice as fast as the global market over the last five years. More than 5,500 new jobs have been created.

July 13, 2011

AMS Announces New Record in Job Vacancies

The number of vacancies increased by 9.7% in the first half of 2011. Nearly all industries and provinces contributed to the development.

July 12, 2011

New Employment Record in June

The number of unemployed fell by 2.3% to 268,866 in June. The positive development has lasted for 16 months already.

July 1, 2011

Industrial Activity Is Cooling Down

Growth of Austrian industrial production has reached its lowest level since the beginning of 2010. The rate of job creation is leveling off.

June 29, 2011

Austrian Labor Market Relatively Stable during Crisis

A recent study shows: The labor market has weathered the economic crisis. Politicians and companies have taken the right decisions.

June 24, 2011

Labor Market Continues Strong Development

The number of employed, vacancies, and full-time jobs increased in the first quarter of 2011. The feared inrush of job seekers from Eastern Europe did not materialize.

June 16, 2011

Further Decline in Unemployment Rate

Compared to May 2010, the number of unemployed persons decreased by 2.5%. In April, Austria recorded the lowest rate among all EU countries.

June 1, 2011

Bank Austria: Austrian Industry Cooling Down

Growth of industrial production has slowed down in Austria, especially in the export sector. Job creation is still on a high level, but also losing pace.

May 31, 2011

Austrian Unemployment Still Declines

Compared to April 2010, the number of unemployed persons decreases by 5.4%. The number of trainings went down by 19.3%.

May 3, 2011

Labor Chamber: Productivity Grew Significantly More Than Salary Increases

Personnel costs per employee of Austrian companies, according to the Labor Chamber (AK) have grown less than half as strong as productivity since 2003.

April 30, 2011

More Unemployed are Looking for Full-Time Jobs Than at the Start of the Crisis

The Austrian Chamber of Labor criticizes that despite the economic boom there are less full-time jobs available than before the economic crisis.

April 21, 2011

Bad Image for Tourism-Related Professions

Austria's tourism industry workers are dissatisfied with their jobs because of relatively low pay and bad working conditions.

April 19, 2011

Austria's Labor Costs above EU Average

An hour of work costs an Austrian employer an average € 28.00 - six euro more than the EU average.

April 13, 2011

No Rush Expected on the Labor Market after the End of the Transitional Periods

After 30 April 2011, an additional access to the Austrian labor market of about 11,500-16,500 people annually from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia is expected.

April 12, 2011

Leitl: "Austria is Very Well Positioned for the Opening of the Labor Market"

Experts estimate immigration potential to be between 15,000 to 25,000 people; gains from migration for Austria, as from 1 May, about € 900m.

April 8, 2011

Tough Collective Bargaining in the Electrical Industry

The second round of collective bargaining in Austria's electrical industry had to be interrupted. About 50,000 workers are affected.

April 6, 2011

Green Jobs are Booming in Austria

Environmental production and services sector defies the crisis – 2009 employment increases by 3.7%.

April 5, 2011

Austria's Unemployment Continues to Fall

Unemployment decreased in March by 5.2%. The number of participants in training courses is also falling.

April 2, 2011

Austrian Unemployment Shrinks Further

Increase in jobs and decrease in unemployment in the fourth quarter of 2010; job market relief in 2010 compared to 2009

March 25, 2011

Collective Contracts: Wage Increase of 2.95% for 130,000 Construction Workers

In the current collective negotiation rounds, the construction union managed to get the so far highest wage increase. The paper-manufacturing industry agreed on an increase of 2.4%.

March 24, 2011 · Updated: March 24, 2011; 00:31

300,000 Austrians in Poverty despite Working

The term "working poor" is an established fact in Austria. Full 6% of full-time employees are in poverty.

March 22, 2011

Employment Reduction in Austrian Manufacturing Industry

The number of workers in the manufacturing industry fell by 3.2% in 2010. Moreover, there was a massive reduction in the demand for temporary workers.

March 16, 2011

2.7% Economic Growth Due to Exports

Austria's GDP increased compared with the previous year by 2.7%, stimulated mainly by exports and material goods production.

March 11, 2011

Hardly any Effects Expected by Labor Market Opening

As of May 1, 2011, the citizens of the countries which joined the EU in 2004 will be able to work in Austria without any restrictions. The effects should be kept within certain limits.

March 4, 2011

Mitterlehner: "Companies are Taking On More Apprentices Again"

The Austrian Minister of Economy sees positive developments on the labor and apprenticeship market. The promotion of apprenticeships has proved to be successful.

March 2, 2011

Unemployment: Austria has Top-Position Among EU27

EU27 area unemployment rate at 9.9%, Austrian unemployment rate amounts to 4.3%. National youth unemployment is below the average too.

March 2, 2011

Vacancies in Austria up by 64%

78,900 job vacancies in the fourth quarter 2010, an annual percentage change of +64%.

February 17, 2011

Industrial Activity: Styria above Austrian Average

The economic barometer of the Styrian manufacturing industry is above the average of the federal provinces for the fourth consecutive year. Optimism for 2011 is increasing.

February 15, 2011

Austrian Unemployment Shrinks

The unemployment rate (Austrian standard) decreased from 8.9% in January 2010 to 8.5% in January 2011.

February 12, 2011

AMS Reports 2010 Vacancies Record

In 2010, 404,733 vacancies were reported, representing an increase of 50,575 jobs over 2009.

February 5, 2011