Working in Austria

Welcome to Austria!

Living and working abroad? There's nothing easier! Austria offers you first-class conditions for this. The WALTER GROUP is the perfect place to start your career.

  • As an EU citizen you have it easy. Simply pack a valid passport or ID card and you're ready to go. You will then need a registration certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung) in order to stay with us for longer than 3 months.
  • If you come from a country outside the EU, you need the Rot-Weiß-Rot-Karte. It is issued for 24 months.
Our dedicated employees in the HR department will support you with all the official formalities and answer any questions about your residence. You can contact us by phone on +43 2366 606-2900
Working in Austria is worthwhile. Statutory labour agreements guarantee a certain wage level, which the WALTER GROUP exceeds. At the same time, you are automatically registered for social security.

Expect 14 salary payments!

Although the year only has 12 months in Austria as well, we pay 14 salary payments, which are distributed in June and November. This is in addition to many other provisions in the so-called Kollektivvertrag, which forms the legal basis for your employment.
We are of the opinion that the above-average performance of our employees should also be paid above average. Therefore, you can expect a salary that is well above the compulsory level!

Automatically registered for social security!

From the first day of your employment, you are automatically registered for social security. In Austria, compulsory insurance covers the following areas:

  • Health insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Pension insurance
  • Unemployment insurance

Social security covers all important benefits. Of course, you also have the opportunity to have private insurance.
It's also practical that you don't have to take care of registration formalities or the payment of insurance premiums. We do that for you, as well as the deduction of income tax.

The normal weekly working hours are 38.5 hours per week.

Monday to Friday from 8am until 5.00pm
Friday 8am until 2.15pm
These times include 45 min for lunch.


By using our flexitime you can shift your working hours and start between 7 and 9 a.m. and end your working day earlier or later accordingly.

25 days of annual leave and 13 public holidays

In Austria, you have a statutory right to 25 days of annual leave. If you work part-time, your entitlement will be calculated aliquot. Irrespective of this you can enjoy 13 statutory public holidays per year.
Under the title of "private absence" we provide you with 38.5 additional hours of free time per year, as compensation for days when you may have to stay late. This bonus is stipulated in your employment contract and should help you to reconcile your work and private life even better.
Austria is internationally known for its high level of social security. The statutory health insurance is a good example of this.

Health insurance for relatives

The health insurance covers all treatments by doctors and hospitals without additional payments. Even for your family members. Presenting the "electronic health insurance card (E-card) to the doctor is all it takes. It is also possible to take out additional private insurance.

Generous maternity leave provision for mothers

Mothers have it good in Austria. Because they enjoy the so-called maternity protection eight weeks before and eight weeks after the birth of their child. Thereafter, the mother and/or father is/are entitled to parental leave until the 2nd birthday of the offspring. Also important: during the periods of maternity protection and parental leave, you are protected by labour law against dismissal or redundancy!
With flexible part-time arrangements we do everything possible to ensure that our employees can organise work and family in the best possible way. Our colleague Diana can confirm that.
Diana R. - Customer Service Manager and fully committed mum
Regardless of whether you want to come to Austria with a finished degree or if you want to study alongside your work - Austria offers good conditions to use the knowledge you have already acquired or to acquire new knowledge.

Recognition of foreign degrees

NARIC-Austria (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) is the official point of contact for all cross-border recognition queries in higher education.

Studying in Austria

In Austria you have lots of opportunities to study part-time at universities and technical colleges. If you work full-time, you can find suitable offers at the colleges of Burgenland, Wiener Neustadt, BFI Wien and Kufstein.

We would like to warmly recommend the following courses:

Further education is very important to us. That's why we promote it through internal courses and workshops and we also support colleagues who are training in external institutes. Our colleague Sebastian is a good example of this.
Sebastian F. - Team Leader of Digital Product Management with a strong willingness to learn
The two WALTER GROUP sites are located in Wiener Neudorf and Kufstein. Of course, the 400 kilometres in between make a difference. Each location has its own advantages. What connects the two: In each location it is not only possible to work successfully, but also to live well.

Central location and transport

Both Vienna and Kufstein are geographically located at the heart of Europe. While Kufstein boasts proximity to Germany, Italy, Switzerland as well as Munich Airport, Wiener Neudorf is located on the edge of the metropolis of Vienna, in the immediate vicinity of other major cities such as Bratislava, Budapest or Prague.

Even in the cities themselves, you are very well connected. Whether by car or by public transport, which works very well in both cases.

House hunting made easy

Depending on the location, the housing supply and prices differ at our two sites. Both have their own advantages:

If you live in Kufstein, you are more likely to travel to work on foot, surrounded by fresh air and with a view of the wonderful mountains. If you decide to live outside the city, you benefit from perfect public transport connections and the proximity of our location to the train station.

If you work in Wiener Neudorf, we would recommend Vienna as your first place of residence. There are two reasons for this: Firstly, because our company bus will get you from Vienna to work in just 30 minutes. Secondly, because you immediately get to know and appreciate the advantages of the cosmopolitan city of Vienna.

We recommend the following property portals when looking for housing in Vienna and Kufstein:

When looking for an apartment, we don't just leave you to it. Because we know that support is twice as important at the very beginning. That's another reason why our colleague Barbara immediately felt like she was in good hands.
Barbara M. - Division Manager with improvisation skills
Numerous studies have identified Austria as one of the safest and most liveable countries in Europe. Vienna regularly leads the rankings of the world's most liveable cities. But in Kufstein you also have every reason to feel at home.


In the middle of the Tyrolean mountains, Kufstein is a hotspot for skiers and snowboarders in winter. In summer, it transforms into a hiking paradise and at night into a place that doesn't sleep for a surprisingly long time. In addition, Kufstein and the state capital Innsbruck, which is only 70 kilometres away, offer numerous cultural events.
Our colleague Jonas is a real athlete and he raves about the work-life balance in Kufstein.
Jonas K. - Division Manager on the way up


With a population of almost 2 million, Vienna is not just the capital of Austria, but also a cultural hotspot at the heart of Europe. Here, you will experience vivid history as well as topical highlights and trends in all possible artistic genres. In other words: every day there is something to experience that should not be missed.

Frequently asked questions and answers

For us, that goes without saying. If you have successfully completed step 1 of the application process (telephone or Skype interview), we will invite you to Wiener Neudorf or Kufstein, at our expense, for a face to face interview.

No, if you are a citizen of an EEA country. Yes, if you come from a third country. In this case, you need a residence permit as well as the work permit. Of course, we are happy to help you with submitting the application.

Further information on the subject of work permits can be found at the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS).

Of course, we can't guarantee you an apartment, but we are happy to help you in your search. We work together with reliable landlords and housing providers in the region, so that you are highly likely to be able to directly and easily move into your start apartment.
In addition to public transport, we provide a free shuttle bus service for our Wiener Neudorf employees between Vienna and Wiener Neudorf. The Kufstein site is very central and is perfectly reachable by public transport (bus or train). Those who travel by car can use our free parking spaces (car parks) at both sites.