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Willing to hire international employees in Austria? We’re here to help.
Send us project details here and we’ll be happy to employ your international workforce on your behalf in Austria quickly and cost-effectively.
Spotlight on Austria:
- Location – a federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.8 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.
- Capital – Vienna
- Population – 8.9 million
- Official language – German
- Recognized minority languages – Hungarian, Slovene, Burgenland Croatian
- Government – Federal parliamentary republic
- Currency – Euro
- Dominant religion – Roman Catholic
- Labor force – 4.6 million
- Exports – $156.7 billion (2017). Exportable goods: machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, manufactured goods, chemicals, iron and steel, foodstuffs
- Main export partners: Germany, United States, Italy, Switzerland, France, Slovakia
- Imports – $158.1 billion (2017)
- Main import partners: Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Netherlands
- Public holidays – New Years Day, Epiphany Day, Easter Monday, Labor Day, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Corpus Christi Day, National Day, Immaculate Conception, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
Employment in Austria
If no express choice of law is made in the relevant contract, Austrian employment law automatically applies to a foreign national who works in Austria on more than a temporary basis (for example, on a secondment) (Article 8(2), Regulation (EC) No 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the law applicable to contractual obligations) (Rome I).
Legislation regulating employment relationships in Austria includes:
- White-Collar Employees Act (Angestelltengesetz) (AngG) 1921.
- Labour Constitution Act (Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz) (ArbVG) 1974.
- Temporary Employment Act (Arbeitskräfteüberlassungsgesetz ) (AÜG) 1988.
- Working Time Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz) (AZG) 1969.
- Rest Periods Act (Arbeitsruhegesetz) (ARG) 1983.
- Paid Holidays Act (Urlaubsgesetz) (UrlG) 1976.
- Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals (Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz) (AuslBG) 1975.
- Act Governing the Employment of Disabled Persons (Behinderteneinstellungsetz) (BEinstG) 1970.
- Equal Treatment Act (Gleichbehandlungsgesetz)(GlBG) 2004.
- Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz) (MSchG) 1979.
- Paternity Leave Act (Väter-Karenzgesetz) (VKG) 1989.
- Employee Protection Act (Arbeitnehmerinnenschutzgesetz) (ASchG) 1994.
- Austrian Law Amending the Labour Contract Law (Arbeitsvertragsrechts Anpassungsgesetz) (AVRAG) 1993.
- Insolvency Insurance Act (Insolvenz-Entgeltsicherungsgesetz) (IESG) 1977.
Employees who are temporarily moved to Austria, or who work in Austria for an employer without a registered office there, are entitled to receive at least the remuneration due to Austrian employees of comparable status with comparable employers, as specified by law, government regulation or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) (section 7, Law Amending the Labour Contract Law 1993).
Employees who are posted to Austria also have a mandatory right to paid holidays under Austrian law. The working time provisions set out in CBAs must also be respected. These provisions apply regardless of any choice of law in the employment contract.
- Are you seeking to reinforce your existing team with the expertise of Austria-based international employees?
- Have you already selected a candidate from Austria?
- Do you want the prospect to work for you remotely from Austria?
- Would you prefer to hire shortly and stay compliant with Austria legislation?
Our global employment solution is the way to go!
Like every other country, Austria has its own employment specifics. Abiding by the local employment law ensures 100% compliance.
By entrusting local tax and law subordination as well as workforce employment and management to an authority with extensive expertise, you safeguard professional handling of all things legal in Austria on behalf of your company.
Employer of Record solution in Austria
Employer of Record is an integrated solution designed to help you hire and manage your remote employees in Austriar, which includes:
- familiarizing with the country’s employment legislation
- onboarding of employees
- payrolling employees on a monthly basis in local currency/ies
- arranging for business visa and work permit if you need to employ expatriate personnel in Austria.
Acumen Employer of Record can promptly employ the selected candidate (or multiple prospects) on your behalf in Austria. We become your trusted partner and guide you through local labor laws thus eliminating:
- any and all employment risks
- the need to go into legislative specifics and set everything up on your own
- all local labor issues.
Handing all these compulsory global employment processes to experts will spare your precious business hours for more strategic task solving.