Long term unemployment soars

In statistics published by Austria's employment service (AMS), the number of long-term unemployed persons in the country has nearly tripled in the past year.

Long term unemployment soars
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At the end of November 2014, there were 16,447 people who have been out of work for more than 12 months.  Since then, the number has soared by 31,398 up to 47,845, an increase of 191 percent.

Overall employment statistics are also grim, with an increase since last month of 5.6 percent, meaning a total of 430,107 people out of work, according to a report in the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

If you add in the number of people in training — some 70,814 — the number increases to 6.1 percent.

In total, the unemployment rate generally as a proportion of the working population stands at 9.2 percent.  These figures do not yet reflect the recent massive job losses expected with the insolvency of the Zielpunkt supermarket chain, which is likely to lead to the loss of another 3,000 jobs.

The chief of the Austrian unemployment service (AMS) Johannes Kopf explained that “a poor economic situation since 2012 has led to a consolidation of unemployment.”

Older Austrians are particularly affected, with a significant increase of 13.5 percent among those over 50 years of age, bringing the total to 97,318 ageing workers.

All major industries have been affected by the trend, including the tourism sector, which has seen a 4.6 percent increase in jobless.

The construction business was also affected, with a 3.8 percent increase.

There was little difference between the rates for men and women. Youth unemployment however decreased slightly, as employers are switching to less experienced people to save costs.

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Salzburg, Linz, Graz: Where are Austria’s biggest companies?

Vienna might have the most foreigners but there are lots of English-speaking jobs to be found outside of the capital. You just need to know where to look.

Salzburg, Linz, Graz: Where are Austria’s biggest companies?

Most international residents think of Vienna when searching for a new job in Austria. 

But there are plenty of big companies based outside of the capital – with many hiring employees from all over the world.

Here’s a guide to some of Austria’s biggest companies in Salzburg, Linz and Graz.

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The big name in Salzburg is Austrian-owned Red Bull. The organisation’s Media House is based in the district of Siezenheim, then there is the Red Bull Base in Elsbethen and the corporate campus in Fuschl am See.

For many jobs at Red Bull, the required language is English, with some job descriptions asking for both German and English. Examples of current vacancies (at the time of writing) include internships, sales, marketing and IT engineering roles.

Another big company located in Salzburg is Hofer – the supermarket holding company. The International Management Holding branch of the company is located at Michael-Walz-Gasse near Salzburg Airport.

The team at Hofer is international and many roles require fluent English. Positions at Hofer include BI Front End Developer (salary €52,100) and IT Consultant Finance (€3,700 per month). Both roles ask for fluent English language skills.

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Linz is the home of industry in Austria with companies specialising in steel and machine construction. It also has a thriving creative scene with Ars Electronica serving as a base for technology-based arts.

One big, international company based in Linz is Siemens, one of the largest industrial manufacturing organisations in Europe. Siemens has had an office in Linz since 1902, but opened the new Techbase Linz location on Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse in 2022.

The Local found many jobs currently advertised at Siemens in Linz, although most require fluent German. However, we did find a vacancy for a Senior Software Engineer (salary €3,600 per month) that only asked for fluent English.

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Rosenbauer is a manufacturer of systems for firefighting and disaster protection. The Linz operation is located outside of the city centre on Straubingstraße where the company’s Centre of Excellence for helmet production is based.

Most jobs on the Rosenbauer website are advertised in German. Although some do ask for a high level of English language skills, like the advertised role of Strategic Buyer (salary €46,000).

Another big employer in Linz is Today Experts – a human resource and project consulting firm. They specialise in the IT sector so software engineering roles feature heavily at this company.

Current vacancies at Today Experts include an IT Manager (€60,000 salary) that calls for both English and German language skills. Today Experts also has locations in Graz and Vienna.


Graz is the capital of Styria and the city is known for its tech and engineering industry, with several big companies hiring international employees.

One such firm is Dynatrace, which is a global software engineering company with an office at the Technopark Raaba, in the south of Graz.

The Graz location focuses on Account Experience through the use of platforms, tools and services, so most jobs are related to that. The company language is English and there are more than 55 nationalities in their team.

At the time of writing, the Dynatrace website had job vacancies in Graz for roles like Product Owner (salary €50,000) and Senior Go Agent Developer (salary €60,000).

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Not far from Dynatrace is Magna Steyr – an international car manufacturer. This company also has locations in Vienna and in neighbouring Germany, and promises opportunities for career development all over the world.

The Local found an IT Systems Engineer role advertised at Magna Steyr in Graz that includes flexible working and the possibility of home office. Language requirements are German and English, so you do need decent German skills to apply.

Then there is AVL, which is involved in the development, testing and simulation of powertrain systems. The Austrian headquarters is based in Graz on Hans-List-Platz and the company has numerous locations around the world.

As to be expected from a global company, AVL hires English-speakers for certain roles. One example is for a Design Engineer (salary €51,530) that asks for fluent English, with German language skills as an added bonus.