For Employers

According to the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO) 162,000 specialists are currently missing across Austria. 83 percent of the Austrian companies (E&Y) do not find suitable skilled workers. In order to counteract this deficiency, ABA - Work in Austria supports domestic companies with targeted recruitment of skilled workers abroad.

ABA - Work in Austria

ABA – Work in Austria one of 3 departments of the Austrian Business Agency. The main task of ABA - Work in Austria is to make Austria attractive to international professionals and to support Austrian companies with searching for talent from abroad.

In the first phase ABA – Work in Austria focuses on several markets in the European Union and on qualifications with a high impact on the economy, especially in the fields of ICT, metal and electrical engineering and life sciences.

The services of ABA – Work in Austria are free of charge.

Our cooperation partners

Work in Austria works together with relevant partner companies, organizations and stakeholders without setting up parallel structures. The cooperation partners of ABA - Work in Austria include in particular:

  • Economic agencies of the federal states
  • WKO, foreign trade
  • Austrian embassies
  • Business associations such as regional chambers of commerce, trade associations and industrial associations
  • OeAD
  • Universities as well
  • HR recruiting and consulting agencies


According to a study provided by Ernst & Young, 83 percent of Austrian medium-sized companies cannot find enough skilled workers. Around 40 percent complain about a drop in sales as a result. Since this need cannot just be met with skilled workers from Austria, the Austrian government has taken proactive measures with the initative „Work in Austria“.

The mission of the new department of the Austrian Business Agency is to promote not only the investment location, but also the Austrian labor market in the European competition for the best skilled workers.

The measures include:

  • Information and services for interested professionals from abroad
  • Information and services for Austrian companies.