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What are the top jobs for international residents in Austria?

Austria is home to many global companies and organisations, making it a great location for international job seekers.

What are the top jobs for international residents in Austria?
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But there are some specifics to be aware of, such as the main industries in Austria, the type of jobs available and the key locations for international companies that use English as the working language.

To help job seekers get started, The Local has put together a useful guide to the top jobs for international residents in Austria.

What are the main industries in Austria?

The biggest employer in Austria is the service sector, with 71.48 per cent of employees in Austria working in service jobs.

This makes the service industry an important economic pillar in the country.

According to figures from Statista, other key sectors in Austria are industry, which employs 25.04 per cent of workers, and agriculture at 3.48 per cent. 

Statistic: Austria: Distribution of employment by economic sector from 2010 to 2020 | Statista
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Agriculture appears small in comparison, but it’s a highly developed sector with a strong trend towards organic farming in recent years.

Austria also has a dynamic wine scene – particularly in Burgenland, Lower Austria and Styria – which exports millions of Euros worth of wine each year.

Plus, Austria has the highest proportion of organic vineyards in the world.

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To break down Austria’s main industries even further, the following are big contributors to the economy: food and luxury commodities, mechanical engineering, steel construction, chemicals and vehicle manufacturing.

Then there’s tourism, which in non-pandemic times is a key driver in Austria’s economy, especially in the Alps and lakes regions, as well as in cities like Vienna and Salzburg.

Jobs for English-speakers in Austria

The native language in Austria is German but English is also widely spoken and there are many jobs for English-speakers throughout the country.

In tourism-dependent regions like Tyrol, many ski resort areas hire English-speaking staff over the winter months, with companies like Tui even hiring directly from the UK in pre-Brexit times. 

Teaching English is another job that’s easily accessible for native English speakers in Austria, especially for those with existing teaching experience.

Most English teaching jobs require a bachelor degree and a TEFL teaching qualification, with the majority of teaching positions located in Vienna and Salzburg.

Other English-language jobs regularly advertised in Austria are web developers, software engineers and roles in academia.

Which international companies are based in Austria?

Austria sits in the middle of Central Europe, making it a convenient location for international companies and organisations – particularly in cities like Vienna, Linz and Salzburg.

Vienna is actually home to many global employers, including the United Nations, Accenture, Microsoft, Google, Boston Consulting Group, KPMG, IBM and L’Oréal. 

This makes Vienna the main hub for job vacancies for international residents in Austria.

Outside of Vienna, Linz is Austria’s second largest economic area and another popular location for international companies, with Borealis, BMW and Siemens all based in the city.

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Then there’s Salzburg, where companies like Red Bull and Hofer (the name for German supermarket Aldi in Austria) are headquartered. 

Other international companies in Salzburg include BMW, KTM and Porsche. Plus, the University of Salzburg is a big employer in the city.

For technology jobs, Graz has a lot to offer – especially in biotechnology, energy and environmental technology – but there aren’t as many well-known international companies based in Graz as there are in Vienna, Linz and Salzburg.

How to find a job in Austria as an international resident

Many jobs in Austria are advertised on the usual platforms like LinkedIn and Indeed, making them good places for English-speaking job seekers to start looking.

But there are Austria-specific job websites to be aware of too – like XING (the LinkedIn of the German-speaking world), Jobs in Vienna and Karriere.

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English-speaking roles are usually advertised in English, making them easy to spot, and the description will often state if the company language is also English.

In fact, many international companies that are based in Austria have adopted English as the working language, making them ideal workplaces for English-speakers.

However, it’s always beneficial to have German language skills as well, even when working in an English-speaking role.

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EXPLAINED: What to do if you experience online abuse in Austria

Following the suicide of an Austrian doctor who received threats from Covid-19 anti-vaccination activists, the government has now launched a new campaign to help victims of online abuse.

EXPLAINED: What to do if you experience online abuse in Austria

The Austrian medical community was left in shock in July when Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, a local doctor in Seewalchen am Attersee in Upper Austria, took her own life following months of online abuse.

Kellermayr, 36, had been targeted by anti-vaccination activists and Covid-19 conspiracy theorists for her out-spoken support of vaccines, and the abuse even included death threats. 

Her death prompted candlelight vigils and demonstrations in Vienna and the tragic story was picked up by news outlets around the world.

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This led to calls for tighter laws against online bullying and the ability for perpetrators to be prosecuted in other EU countries – particularly as at least two of the people who are believed to have targeted Kellermayr are based in Germany, according to the Guardian.

The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) has even called for the creation of a special public prosecutor’s office to deal with “hate-on-the-net”, but this has been rejected by prosecutors and other political parties, as reported by ORF.

Instead, the Federal Justice Department has launched a new information campaign, website and hotline to help people dealing with online abuse.

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What is in the new campaign?

Austria’s Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens) said they have launched the campaign to raise awareness about the issue and to inform victims about the support available.

Zadic said: “It is important to me that those affected know that they are not alone in this situation and that the judiciary supports them with free psychological and legal process support.”

“You don’t have to cope alone with the extraordinary burdens that criminal proceedings can entail, for example through confrontation with the perpetrators.”

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Part of the support package is the new website Hilfe bei Gewalt (Help with Violence), which details how to access help from the authorities, as well as secure free legal advice and representation from a lawyer.

The website states the service is for victims of bullying and/or hate online, defamation, stalking, terrorism, incitement, sexual violence and robbery.

The service is designed to be anonymous with options to contact the Justice Department by phone or via a chat box. The website also lists contact details for regional support services in all provinces across Austria. 

The free (kostenlos) hotline for Hilfe bei Gewalt is 0800 112 112.

Useful links

Hilfe bei Gewalt

Austrian Federal Justice Department