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German is spoken as a first language by the Austrian population. English is the leading second language in the educational system and is, understood widely and spoken by most people working in tourism-related jobs

Austria offers many jobs in it's winter and summer tourist industries. Ski Resorts In Austria include Montafon, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Zell-am-See, Kaprun, Carinthia, Mayrhofen, Bad Gastein, Ischgl, Arlberg, Otztal, Solden, Kitzbuhel and Schladming

The kind of job you are searching and where you want to work and live in Austria will affect your chances. In general the better your education and work experience the better your chances.

Austria is slowly moving to a more service-oriented labour-market as heavy industries and traditional areas like mining and forestry decline. The public sector is cutting spending every year and also the hospitals and other medical institutions face tough times with monetary constraints. Luckily, new jobs in the service industry, in marketing and in the information technology sector compensate for other job losses. Austria is strongly supporting entrepreneurs – it has become very easy to start your own venture. Tourism If you want to find a job quickly and only for several months the tourism industry might be the place to search for opportunities. The difference to other job markets is that the jobs are likely to be found outside the big cities on the countryside or in the famous ski-resorts of Austria. Foreigners with good language skills are welcome.

The country districts with most tourism in Austria are Carinthia (Kärnten), Tyrol (Tirol), Salzburg, Styria (Steiermark) and last but not least Vienna (Wien). The best way to search for jobs is to do it locally. The employment service (AMS) can also help you as they maintain a list of open positions especially for tourism related jobs. Contracts will always be for a limited time (a couple of months), the demand is high in summer (except for the ski resorts) and low in winter. Internships As usual, getting a foot in the door is the hardest. Internships are a good and quite common way in Austria to finally get a permanent contract. The downside of internships is the low payment – sometimes hardly enough to live. Once the people in the company know you and value the quality of your work you can try to switch from internship to a standard job. Internships are offered by many big companies on their websites. Try to apply as early as possible, as closing deadlines are sometimes half a year before the actual internship is about to start.

Work Permits

Nationals of the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are treated like Austrians and therefore do not require work or residence permits, however you must register your stay (Meldezettel) with the local authorities within three days of your arrival.

If you are from a country outside the European Union, obtaining a work permit for Austria can be problematic and slow. Work permits are issued on an individual basis only and do not cover any other dependant family members. All other family members must apply individually if they wish to work.


Make sure to apply as soon as you know you are heading for Austria. The application process can be time consuming and you may wait some time before receiving a reply to your applications. There are many job search engines and many newspapers have their "Career" sections online. An application pack for an Austrian company is very different from the usual CV and Cover Letter format found in English speaking countries. The following link provides a helpful guide to job hunting in Austria!


A big plus in your search for a job will be your knowledge of German. Do not assume that everyone here in Vienna speaks English, it just isn't true. You will need to learn the language in order to facilitate your day to day life and to find a job with the majority of companies. There are excellent online resources for before you arrive and excellent language schools offering intensive courses once you are here.

Finding a student job

Finding part time work is generally not difficult as the Austrian university system is based on a flexible schedule. As a student you do not need a work permit. However, the amount of money you are allowed to earn is strictly limited. If you earn more you will be treated as working full time and are subject to taxes and more expensive social security deductions. Ask your employer: they will know.

Universities often help with organising appropriate internships (i.e. magazine internships for media studies), esp. during the summer vacation.

Vacancies are promoted on newspaper websites, via student unions or directly via the university.

Some language schools offer a combination of language course and internship!

Taxes and Social Insurance

Austria has a progressive tax system with 4 bands varying from 0%-50%. Everyone in gainful employment in Austria will make compulsory contributions to a social insurance fund which will cover medical treatment, pension contributions etc. Top up insurance is available if you wish to receive more preferential treatment (choosing a specific doctor, etc.). It may be advisable for Expatriates to consider additional medical insurance in case of the need for repatriation, etc

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