Austria

Overview

Austria consists of nine independent federal states, each with its own provincial government. The well-developed economy of the country is driven by the services sector which constitutes nearly two-thirds of the economy worth 284 billion Euros. Trade and industry contribute nearly a third of the GDP while agriculture contributes 1.5%.

The average per capita GDP is nearly 32,800 Euros, which makes Austria one of the developed countries in the European Community. Exports are vital to Austrian economy, and main export commodities include motor vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, paper, chemicals, metal goods, iron and steel, and food products.

Currency: Euro

Principal language: German

Government: Federal Republic

Capital City: Vienna

Major Cities: Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Tyrol

Employment Contracts

Written employment contracts are not mandatory, but employers are required to provide a written statement specifying the job duties and terms.

In most cases, the probationary period is not more than 1 month. Temporary agency workers are entitled to the same rights as permanent employees, both during and between work assignments.

Work/Time Regulations

Normal work schedule is 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week, subject to collective agreements. Shift workers may be asked to work up to 12 hours a day. Nursing mothers, pregnant women, and individuals under the age of 18 are not required to perform night work (work done between 10 pm and 5 am). Employees who work for at least 6 hours per day are entitled to a rest period of 30 minutes under the Working Time Act.

Leave

Holidays

Austria has 13 statutory public holidays. Employees who work on holidays are entitled to a 100% premium. The holidays are:

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • January 6 - Epiphany
  • Easter Monday
  • International Workers' Day (May 1)
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • Corpus Christi
  • Assumption (Aug. 15)
  • Austrian National Holiday (Oct. 26)
  • All Saints' Day (Nov. 1)
  • Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8)
  • Christmas (Dec. 25)
  • St. Stephen's Day (Dec. 26)

Employers should provide 5 weeks of paid leave to employees for every 6 consecutive months’ of employment. Employees who have worked for 25 years, receive an additional week, i.e., 6 weeks of paid leave for every 6 consecutive months of employment. Days on which employees fall sick while on leave are not factored in the annual paid leave allowance.

Sick leave
Employers must provide 6 weeks’ sick leave at full pay and 4 weeks’ leave at half pay. After exhausting their sick leave, employees receive extra sick leave paid for by the health insurance provider.

If the sick leave is taken due to a work-related illness or accident, employers should provide 8 weeks’ sick leave at full pay. After 15 years of employment, employers should provide 10 weeks’ sick leave.

Compassionate leave
Employers must permit employees to take unpaid compassionate leave to care for terminally ill children or close relatives.

Maternity leave
Pregnant employees can take paid maternity leave, beginning 8 weeks before birth and ending 8 weeks after child birth. For multiple births or cesarean, the work restrictions post-delivery are extended to a minimum 12 weeks. In case the maternity leave was reduced before delivery, the paid leave is extended accordingly after delivery to a maximum 16 weeks. Maternity pay is 100% of employees’ average wages in the last 13 weeks of employment. Following maternity leave, employees can also take parental leave.

Benefits

Both employers and employees make contributions to social insurance to finance accident, sickness, unemployment, and pension funds

Current rates:

  • For employees: 18.12% of average wages up to 4,860 Euros
  • For employers: 21.48% of average wages

Old age pensions can be collected by men at the age of 65 and women at 60 years with a total of minimum 300 months’ coverage or at least 180 months of coverage in the last 30 years. The age for women to start receiving the pension will be raised gradually to 65 from 2024 to 2033.

Workers' Compensation
After a period of work incapacity (27 weeks at the latest) due to illness or injury, concerned employees will receive a disability pension if their earning capacity is reduced for at least 20%. The reduction has to be for more than 3 months and must be a result of occupational disease or an accident at work. In the event of total loss of earning capacity, employees may receive a monthly pension which are two thirds of the average insured earnings over the previous year.

How GPS can Help

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