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The Austrian economy is strong, with a high gross domestic product and a high quality of life for residents. Major industries within the country include tourism, construction, metals, chemicals, and education. More information on finding a job in Austria, or starting your own business, can be found below.

Finding employment

If you are searching for work in Austria, the best starting places are online job sites and newspaper adverts. Fluency in German, as well as English, are essential skills, so consider improving your language skills before you move if necessary. Most job websites and adverts will also be found in German.

If your German skills are not strong, consider work in teaching English as a second language, au pair work for expat families, or work in the tourism industry.

The major cities will offer the most job opportunities, such as Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg, so they may be good starting points for job searching. Seasonal work can often be found in the tourist ski areas and Alpine regions. It can be useful to obtain advice from a local, such as an Austrian colleague or a recruitment agency, in order to learn more about the local job market and to help ensure your CV is the best possible format for Austrian employers to take notice.

  Useful links:

Austrian Employment Service
Der Standard
Karriere
Jobs in Vienna (English language website)

Setting up a business

If you are a passport holder from an EU country, Switzerland, or the European Economic Area, then you can open a business with no special visas or permits required. If you are from outside of these areas, a residence permit is required. You must also be over the age of 18 and have no criminal record from your country of residence. If all requirements are met, foreigners are able to start a business, buy a company, or work as a CEO or company director.

Business owners must apply for a trade licence from the local district authority. You will need to provide personal details, business location and the type of business. You must also register your business with the Austrian Commercial Register. They will require personal details, including your passport, the details of the business type, and several registration fees will need to be paid, including a trade licence. All documents will need to be translated into German, if not already, and official copies must be certified by a notary. Once all registrations have been approved and all fees have been paid, the business can legally trade.

 Good to know:

The most common business type registered in Austria is ‘company with limited liability’, known locally as ‘GmbH’.

  Useful link:

Invest in Austria

Business tax

Austrian businesses pay a value-added tax of 20%, and a corporation tax of 25% of income, approximately. Individuals also pay income tax, which is calculated based on income earned.

  Useful link:

Business taxation

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