Entry into Austria
There are a few things you need to bear in mind before entering the country. First of all, you will need a valid travel document, i.e. a passport or an ID card. You should also organise a place to stay before your arrival. This can either be a hotel room or an apartment. You need to have sufficient financial means to cover your cost of living during the first six months. Opening a bank account is also recommended.
Residence in Austria
It is important to inform the authorities in your country of origin of your relocation, for instance your children’s school and the registration office (where applicable). EU citizens are allowed to spend three months in Austria, with the option of extending their stay if they find permanent employment. It is thus advisable to start job hunting or secure a position before your arrival. Important: You must register your address in Austria within three days after moving to your new address.
EU* and Swiss citizens – residence in Austria
General information on the residence of third-country nationals in Austria
Work permit and employment permit
Depending on your country of origin and your profession, you might require a work or employment permit. Find more information on this topic here.
Recognition of school-leaving qualifications from outside Austria
To be able to work in Carinthia, you must have your qualifications recognised. There are special agencies that can help you with this. The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research will assess your qualifications. This is done via the website of the Ministry and is useful for your job search.
Wages and salaries
Employees are entitled to the wages or salary specified in their employment contract. The final amount will depend on two factors: Legal stipulations, collective bargaining agreements and/or company-internal agreements on the one hand; age, qualification, position in the company and of course the working hours model on the other. Wages/salaries are usually paid into a current account on the last day of the month or the first day of the following month. The money paid out is the net amount. Taxes, social insurance contributions and all other deductions are taken off the gross amount from the employer and forwarded to the respective agencies (tax service, social insurance companies, health insurance companies, trade unions etc.) On your payslip, you can see exactly what amounts are taken off and to what purpose.
If stipulated by the collective bargaining agreement or works agreement, the salary/wages are paid out 14 times a year. These special payments are Christmas and holiday remunerations that are paid in addition to the twelve monthly salaries.
Average pay in Austria, including gross/net calculator
AMS Salary Compass