Hiring employees in Austria

Resource Type: Country Guides

Download our guide to employing staff in Austria

Our team of international HR, payroll, compensation & benefits experts have compiled everything you need to know when employing in Austria so that you can meet your global expansion objectives.

Our guide covers the fundamentals you need to be on top of, including the Employment Act, the Vacation Act, the Protection of Workers Act, the Working Time Act, the Employment Law Harmonisation Act and the Labour Relations Act.

For example, employment contracts of more than one month’s duration must be provided with a written statement of the key terms and conditions of employment before the commencement of employment or without undue delay thereafter. 

This guidance will enable you to navigate the intricacies of Austrian legislation, providing you with the key framework needed to operate compliantly and avoid claims from Austria’s Work Council.

The full contents of the detailed guide to employing staff in Austria are as follows: 

  • Employment of foreigners
  • Employment contracts
  • Probation
  • Remuneration
  • Working hours and time off
  • Leave
  • Social security coverage
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Data protection

This country guide is intended to be a summary of the major areas of employment law & HR practice and does not constitute legal or HR advice. The guidance was correct at the time of publishing and professional advice should always be sought as specific needs arise.

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