Talent Wiki - Austria

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Austria




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Talent Overview

The landlocked nation of Austria is a federation of nine states, one of which, Vienna, is the capital. Austria considered one of the richest countries in terms of GDP per capita, has a high standard of living and was ranked 11th in the Legatum Prosperity Index 2021 on account of its journey to prosperity. Along with a highly developed industry, tourism is also an essential part of the Austrian economy.

Major economic hubs:

Vienna, Upper Austria, Lower Austria

Skills in demand:

Construction joiners, Nursing professionals, Data processing, Mechanical Engineering, Power Engineering.

Local Universities

The top local universities in Austria are listed below:

Universität Wien


Local: 1

World: 95

Technische Universität Wien (Vienna University of Technology)


Local: 2

World: 170

Universität Innsbruck


Local: 3

World: 366

Technische Universität Graz


Local: 4

World: 494

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz


Local: 5

World: 598

Salary Data

Some of the common jobs found in Austria, along with their monthly salary, are listed below:

Job Title Average Monthly  Salary ( EUR) Average Monthly Salary ( USD)
Corporate Treasurer 5,030 5,017.07
Financial Manager 8,090 8,069.21
Office Manager 3,440 3431.16
Database Administrator 3,970 3,959.80
Sales Manager 6,630 6,612.96


Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Monster, StepStone, TheLocal

Number of LinkedIn users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Michael Page, Hays, Mondial Recruitment

Employing in Austria

Austrian employment laws safeguard the rights of its employees.  It is a combination of EU and Austrian laws. Know more about employment regulations followed in Austria below.

Employee Contract

It is not mandatory to have written agreements for employment, and even oral agreements are acceptable. The language of collective agreements or contracts can be in German and English.

Probation Period

The probationary period followed in Austria ranges between one to three months.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National Holiday
6 Jan Epiphany National Holiday
10 Apr Easter Monday National Holiday
1 May Labour Day National Holiday
18 May Ascension Day National Holiday
29 May Whit Monday National Holiday
8 Jun Corpus Christi National Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of the Virgin Mary National Holiday
26 Oct National Day National Holiday
1 Nov All Saints’ Day National Holiday
8 Dec Immaculate Conception National Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day National Holiday
26 Dec St Stephen’s Day National Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual leave/Earned Leave 25 days Yes
Sick Leave 42 days Yes
Maternity Leave 16 weeks Yes


Payroll Cycle

The employee must be paid monthly.

Minimum Wage

Austria does not follow a statutory minimum wage and depends on the employment agreement. On the whole, the employees will not be paid less than 1500 EUR.

Overtime Pay

Overtime hours in excess of those stated in the employment contract would be paid at a rate of 150% of the employee’s salary. Overtime on Sundays, public holidays and work between 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM will be compensated at a rate of 200%.


13th Month Pay

The 13th-month salary is customary and is normally paid at the end of June.

Employee Benefits

  • 13th-month salary
  • 14th-month salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Old-age Pension Insurance
  • Insolvency Guarantee Fund


Employer Payroll Tax

Category Contribution (From Monthly Gross Salary)
Sickness 3.78%
Unemployment 3%
Pension 12.55%
Accident 1.20%
Miscellaneous 0.7%

Employee Payroll Tax

Category Contribution (From Monthly Gross Salary)
Sickness 3.87%
Unemployment 3%
Pension 10.25%
Miscellaneous 1%

Employee Income Tax

Income over (EUR) Income up to (EUR) Tax Rate (%)
0 11,000 0
11,001 18000 20
18,001 31,000 35
31,000 60,000 42
60,001 90,000 48
90,001 1,000,000 50
Above 1,000,000 55


The standard VAT rate in Austria is 20%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination in Austria can be done on a mutual consent basis, which can be communicated in verbal or written format, of which the latter is preferred.  There can also be dismissal of the employee by the employer on the grounds of a justified reason. When an employee decides to resign, the employment is terminated with immediate effect. In case of the expiration of a fixed contract, no action is required.

The notice period for both probationary and permanent employees in Austria ranges from 6 weeks to 5 months.

Employers must provide severance pay at the rate of 1.53% of their gross monthly salary to the severance pay fund, known as ‘Abfertigungskasse’.

Visa and Immigration

The citizens of Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA) can work in Austria. For other non-Austrian nationals, immigration permission and a work permit are required.

Non-European citizens need a Schengen Visa to enter Austria. If one receives employment during the visa tenure, they can apply for a Red-White-Red card.

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