Working conditions in Austria
People enjoy many advantages when working in Austria, also when working in Austria as a foreigner, not least because the rights of employees in Austria are exceptionally well protected by labour laws. This is reflected, amongst other things, by the second lowest strike rate in the world and the excellent relations between employees and employers.
Best working conditions in Austria
According to the World Competitiveness Yearbook, Austria is ranked ninth in the world with respect to the cooperation between employers and employees. Austria is even rated fifth globally when it comes to employee commitment to the company and employee motivation.
The interests of employees in Austria are represented by the Austrian Chamber of Labour (Arbeiterkammer/AK) and the trade unions. They are part and parcel of Austria’s social partnership and responsible for negotiating salary and pricing issues with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Chamber of Agriculture. Trade unions also negotiate collective agreements on an annual basis on behalf of employees. These agreements regulate the minimum wage standards and working conditions. An employee automatically belongs to the Chamber of Labour, whereas it is necessary to submit an application to the trade union in order to become a member.
It is estimated that 98% of private-sector employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements, providing a legal framework for minimum wages, annual wage, and salary increases, working hours and terminations. While your collective agreement sets the baseline for your wages or annual salary, you can negotiate additional pay and benefits on top of that in some cases, based on your qualifications and work experience.