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History / Basics

Like most European countries, Austria looks back on a very eventful history. Yet there are some elements of the Austrian character that haven’t changed much over the centuries: the partiality for indulgence, beauty, and cultivation has always been a driving force in the country’s past and present…

With an area of 83.858 sq km Austria consists of 9 independent federal states (Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tirol, Vorarlberg and Vienna) with their own provincial governments.

Finding Work

The AMS ( Arbeitsmarktservice) is a government institution dedicated to help unemployed people finding jobs. Companies post their job offers to the AMS and receive lists of candidates to interview. In order to use the AMS services getting your CV and profile into their system, you have to be officially registered as unemployed in Austria. If you are an EU citizen and already registered unemployed in your home country, you are entitled to use the AMS services to find also a job in Austria.

As always with the internet – how do you know which job site is the right one? No problem, we have a short list of the most popular job-sites for you:

  • www.jobpilot.at One of the most visited job-sites in Austria. You can enter your profile and will receive weekly listings of new job offers matching your criteria. Jobpilot is highly recommended and has helped many people finding their jobs. Thousands of job offers are available.
  • www.derstandard.at/stellenmarkt This is the job-site of the known newspaper Der Standard. It offers a nice search engine with the capability to narrow your search to specific Austrian districts and also the type of job (Internship, full-time, part-time) you are looking for. It has 1000-2000 vacancies.
  • www.dermarkt.at is a portal for jobs, cars and housing. It holds thousands of offers and is also the job-portal for the big Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung. Many postings are from agencies.
  • www.ams.or.at This is the official portal of the Austrian employment service. To look for positions, navigate to the ‘ejob-room. Almost all AMS services are available online, from job-search to education offers and help for foreigners. Some services are public, for others you will need to register on the site, and to do so you need a valid social security number.

There are some agencies who offer jobs for temporary workers. You get employed by the agency and they will ‘rent you out’ to companies requiring temporary staff. Here is a list of the larger agencies for temporary workers:

Accommodation / Mobile / Tax Registration

If you intend to stay in Austria for a period longer than 6 months, you need to apply for a residence permit and not for an entry permit (visa). Residence permits are issued by the authorities in Austria. They are solely issued for stays that exceed six months. Students may check http://www.oeh.ac.at/oeh for accommodation.

For a web search, check out:

www.bazar.at
www.willhaben.at
www.immobilien.net
www.derstandard.at/Immobilien
www.kurier.at/Immo/

The internet search of Die Presse and Kleine Zeitung will lead you to the general portal www.dermarkt.at, where you also find job postings.

Very popular and at the same time effective is the search for a flat via the webpage of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH). Here, at www.jobwohnen.at, you can specifically look for different forms of accommodation (e.g. rooms in shared flats, flats, student residences, freehold flats, etc.) in the different provinces of Austria. You can refine your search by looking for certain features like central heating, internet access, parquet floor, furnished/unfurnished etc. You can also find out if you have to pay a deposit and/or a replacement fee.

A similar service is offered by immodirekt (immodirekt.at) . Here you can browse through the different advertisements as well as putting up an ad yourself for free.

Here are some other rentals websites.

https://www.jobsdonedeal.ie/

Taxes

Partnerships and sole proprietors have to pay income tax. Income tax is progressive, that is, taxation depends on the amount of money you make. If your income amounts to less than € 11,000, you do not have to pay taxes. If you earn more than that, taxation ranges from a minimum of 23 % to a maximum of 50 % of your income.

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