Working in Austria

Finding work in Austria
Updated 2020-04-30 14:12

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.

Job hunting in Austria

If you are looking for a job 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 you don't speak German, it will be a little bit more difficult to find a job. But it's definitely not impossible; get yourself out there and don't give up. Keep developing your network, ask your friends and talk to as many people as possible. Try websites like Linkedin and Xing to connect with businesses or recruiters.

 Good to know: 

If you are outside of the EU and in need of a visa, you need proof of your language skills.

Wages in Austria

Austria works with collective agreements for wages. Find more information on wages here.

Promising fields for expats in Austria

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.

Some jobs will require you to show some proof of your German language skills before you can get started. If you do not have these at the time of your relocation, you can acquire them at one of the language institutions like the famous Goethe Institut. This is not only going to be helpful to find your dream job in Austria but also make it way easier to connect with the locals and build friendships.

Where to look for jobs in Austria

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 of. Consider getting a free CV review at TopCV.

 Useful links:

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

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