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Labor Market

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

Austrian Trade Union Continues to Lose Members

The Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) registered a loss of 11,000 members last year. The decline showed a slight reduction.

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

Manufacturing Industry Sharply Criticizes the Union

Employees' proposals are not very productive, the Austrian Industrial Association says. There is no shift from wages toward corporate profits.

March 22, 2011

WKÖ: No EU Interference in Tariff Negotiations

The President of the Austrian Economic Chamber expects no interference from Brussels in domestic collective agreement negotiations.

March 22, 2011

Tough Negotiations Epected in Austria's Electrical Industry

Collective agreement negotiations for about 50,000 workers in the electrical industry start today.

March 18, 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

Bank Employees’ Salaries Increase at an Average of 2.3%

The union is satisfied with the salary increase of collective agreements for bank employees.

March 15, 2011

Economic Chamber Demands Redeployment of "Manual Workers Regulation" in Favor of Research

The Austrian Economic Chamber presented a list of demands to the federal government. Critics say it is to no purpose.

March 10, 2011

Demand for Minimum Wage meets with Hostility

The proposal by the Minister for officials, Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, to introduce a minimum wage of € 1300, is mere populism, according to the Economic Chamber.

March 8, 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

Workers Continue Seeing the Situation on the Labor Market as Critical

The work climate index of the Austrian Chamber of Labour (AK, Arbeiterkammer Österreich) indicates that workers continue considering the situation on the labor market as critical despite rising employment.

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

Manufacturing Industry Welcomes Red-White-Red Card"

IV-President Sorger: Innovative immigration system is an incentive for highly skilled workers; the abolition of the quota is a major political location signal.

February 23, 2011

Shortage of Highly Skilled Workers in Austria

The lack of highly qualified employees in Austria turns into an increasingly strong competitive disadvantage.

February 18, 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

Manpower Austria Increased Sales

The sales of the U.S. services group Manpower increased last year by 54% to € 130m in Austria.

February 8, 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

Declining Unemployment in Austria

Uunemployment could be reduced by 4.3% even in the traditionally for the labor market difficult winter months.

February 2, 2011

Shortage of Skilled Labor in Medium-sized Enterprises

According to a report by Ernst & Young, the growth of two out of every three Austrian companies is hindered by the lack of qualified personal.

January 26, 2011

AMS Expects Marked Relaxation of the Labor Market by 2013

The Arbeitsmarktservice (AMS, Labor Market Service) foresees a significant increase in labor supply on the Austrian labor market. Unemployment will stagnate.

January 15, 2011

Only Slight Increase in Austrian Minimum Wages

Index of Agreed Minimum Wages 2010: low increase due to economic crisis.

January 15, 2011

Harsh Criticism of Government by Junge Industrie

Junge Industrie (Young Industry) an interface organization of the Industriellenvereinigung (Industrialists’ Federation) criticizes particularly the pension policy.

January 13, 2011

WKÖ endorses policy of the European Commission

The Austrian Economic Chamber welcomes the focus of the EU Commission on structural reforms, consolidation of public finances and competitiveness.

January 13, 2011

Recovery in Austria´s Labor Market Continues

The domestic labor market´s data for 2010 were better than expected. The number of job-seekers declined by 3.7%

January 8, 2011

Downward Trend of Austrian Unemployment

Unemployment trend: Flash estimates for the fourth quarter of 2010 show an unemployment rate of 4.1%.

January 5, 2011

Black Economy is still Difficult to Control in Austria

About 14% of the economic product evades the Treasury in the Austrian economy, but experts say the trend is declining again.

January 5, 2011

Social Justice shows High Levels in Austria

The Bertelsmann Foundation released a study on social justice issues in OECD countries. Austria is located among the top third.

January 4, 2011

Experts: No Failures in the Austrian Labor Market

The last hurdles for the new EU-members to enter the Austrian labor market will fall in May 2011. However, even the unions has no concerns.

January 3, 2011

Austrian Unemployment Further Declines

Unemployment numbers go down specifically in the production sector. Long-term unemployment also declines over average.

January 2, 2011

Austria's Minister of Social Affairs Wants to Extend the Years of Employment

Rudolf Hundstorfer wants to see older workers work longer, and is trying to get the consensus of businesses.

December 31, 2010

Changes in Living Standard of Austrians

A WIFO study compares the required average working time of industrial workers to the purchase of goods and services over the passage of time.

December 31, 2010

Austria's Labor Market Opens

As of May 1, 2011 the German and Austrian labor markets open for the new EU citizens. Romania and Bulgaria will follow suit in 2013.

December 30, 2010

Illegal Employment Grows

One of four Austrian firms employs illegal workers from abroad.

December 29, 2010

Chamber of Labor Calls for a More Equitable Distribution

Corporate profits on one hand and reduced working hours, dismissals and wage cuts on the other, are not compatible for the Chamber of Labor.

December 28, 2010

Income Report: Workers' Wages Fell in Real Terms

In its income report, the Audit Court presents the evolution of the income of the Austrians. Increasing differences can be identified.

December 24, 2010

Above-Average Labor Market Data for Austria

Compared with Europe, there are relatively a lot of people of working age employed in Austria. The proportion of unemployed is also low.

December 21, 2010

Bank Austria´s Economic Analysis: 2% Growth in 2011

The analysis of the Austrian economy forecasts a strong recovery. Improvements in the labour market will continue, but the positive trend weakens.

December 16, 2010

Changes in Trend for the Austrian Labor Market

Imminent job cuts because of the uncertain business development.

December 13, 2010

Economic Chamber: Positive Outlook for 2011

The Business Barometer presents both opportunities and risks for the Austrian economy. Shortage of skills and low investment continue being weak points.

December 13, 2010

Workers Count on Early Retirement

Nearly half the Austrian salaried employees do not expect to work until reaching normal retirement age.

December 10, 2010

Mitterlehner: New Red-White-Red Card has Advantages for Economy and Location

The "red-white-red-card" is to meet the needs of the Austrian economy for skilled foreign workers.

December 10, 2010

Unemployment Continued to Decline in November

Both the number of unemployed and trainees show a decline.

December 1, 2010
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