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Austria Opens Doors to Foreign Workers Amidst Labor Shortages: Apply Now

Austria is experiencing a significant labor shortage, with nearly 200,000 job vacancies remaining unfilled in the first quarter of 2024, as reported by Statistics Austria.

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This rise, the first in a year, was highlighted by Tobias Thomas, General Director of Statistics Austria. The majority of the vacancies are in the service sector, with 113,200 positions available. Additionally, the manufacturing sector has 46,100 vacancies, while the public sector faces 37,100 unfilled roles.

The 2023 EURES Report highlights an urgent demand for skilled workers across a range of occupations, including:

  • Electrical Mechanics and Fitters
  • Agricultural and Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Repairers
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Repairers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Welders and Flame Cutters
  • Spray Painters and Varnishers
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Roofers
  • Carpenters and Joiners
  • Cooks
  • Nursing Associate Professionals
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Physical and Engineering Science Technicians
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technicians
  • Systems Analysts
  • Midwifery Professionals
  • Generalist Medical Practitioners
  • Engineering Professionals

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Salaries Range in Austria

Austria offer competitive salaries:

  • Medical General Practitioners: Average annual salary of €162,974
  • Registered Nurses: Average annual salary of €69,552
  • Electrical Engineers: Average annual salary of €75,384
  • Automotive Mechanics: Average annual salary of €43,001

New Visa Requirements for Foreign Workers

Non-Austrian citizens must apply for a D Visa to work in Austria, except for residents of the EU and EFTA countries. Highly skilled workers have the option to apply for a Red-White-Red Card, which grants work and residence permits for up to two years. It’s important to note that those on a Schengen Visa cannot convert it into a long-term work visa.

As of October 2022, Austria employed over 900,000 foreign workers, underscoring the country’s strong reliance on international labor to address workforce shortages.

Cost of Living in Austria

Austria is one of the most expensive countries to live in, ranking 19th globally and 7th in Europe according to Numbeo. Monthly living expenses, excluding rent, are approximately €1,055 for a single person and €3,590 for a family of four.

Housing Costs

  • One-Bedroom Apartment:

    • City Centre: Approximately €854 per month
    • Outside City Centre: Approximately €695 per month
  • Three-Bedroom Apartment:

    • City Centre: Approximately €1,540 per month
    • Outside City Centre: Approximately €1,215 per month

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