19 March 2013
The General Income Report 2010 and 2011 (in German, 1.63MB PDF) , published by the Austrian Court of Audit (Rechnungshof ) in December 2012, provides a detailed overview of the distribution of income in Austria by gender, sectors, occupational/hierarchical status and educational level for 2011 based on pay, tax and social security data. It also gives a considerable amount of information about the development of wages in Austria between 1998 and 2011.  http://www.rechnungshof.gv.at/fileadmin/downloads/2012/berichte/einkommensbericht/Einkommensbericht_2012.pdf  http://www.rechnungshof.gv.at/
14 March 2012
Tourism is an important sector for Austria, not only for the country’s reputation but also for its economy. The sector, which includes hotels, restaurants and catering, is a major employer providing 5.4% of the country’s jobs and generating added value amounting to 4.4% of the gross domestic product (GDP).
17 April 2011
Although the number of students completing higher education in Austria has increased substantially over the last 40 years, the total still lags behind that in fellow members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ). At the same time, recent studies indicate that graduates (especially in non-business oriented subjects) often face precarious employment.  http://www.oecd.org
23 September 2010
The majority of workers in low-paid jobs face low wages in the long term, accompanied by a higher risk of falling back into unemployment. Several European countries have faced a rise in low-paid work over the last decade. Against the background of a more flexible labour market, this development has sparked a discussion about its principal function: is it an instrument for creating new labour market integration processes as a stepping stone into stable, higher paid employment or is it a kind of trap keeping people in poor jobs with a aeuro~revolving door effectaeuroTM back into unemployment? A recent study in Austria tries to answer this question.
04 October 2009
The international operations of Austrian enterprises, especially in central and eastern European countries, are usually seen as evidence of the fact that Austria is among the beneficiaries of globalisation – a development many people can benefit from. It should be considered, however, whether a company’s foreign business ventures actually create advantages or disadvantages for its Austrian employees.
04 August 2009
The increase in new – so-called atypical – forms of employment has proved a common phenomenon in many European countries over the past decade. These new forms of employment are characterised by reduced social protection, compared with the dominant model of dependent employment providing for full social security cover. However, the extent to which social protection – as little as it may be – is provided in connection with these atypical employment forms varies among European countries. Therefore, it is necessary to include some aspects of the legal framework when discussing the quantitative aspects of such developments.
13 April 2009
The Working Climate Survey  in Austria is an ongoing telephone-based survey of employees that aims to analyse the perception of workers regarding economic and social change as well as their workplace situation. The survey is based on a representative sample of 900 interviewees. The half-yearly interview waves of the last year allow for an analysis of the development of workers’ perceptions in light of the global economic crisis.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/high-job-satisfaction-but-insecurity-about-pay-and-retirement
12 January 2009
On the basis of quantitative social security data (anonymous individual data), the Austrian Labour Market Service (Arbeitsmarktservice, AMS ) commissioned a study (in German, 160Kb PDF)  which investigated the effects of having children and the childcare responsibilities of parenthood on the labour market integration of women and the development of female income levels. The so-called ‘childcare effect’ is analysed by comparing women of three different age groups – that is, those aged 25, 35 and 45 years – and by taking into consideration women’s age at childbirth – more specifically, women who gave birth to their first child before or after their 26th birthday.  http://www.ams.at/neu/english/9289.htm  http://www.forschungsnetzwerk.at/downloadpub/Frauenerwerbstaetigkeit_Kinderbetreuung.pdf
05 November 2008
In March 2008, the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, WIFO ) published the findings of its recent study entitled ‘Impact of working life career and night work on life span. Male mortality risk in the 1924–1949 cohorts in Austria’. The study aims to identify the links between different factors of working life on the life span of workers and therefore on their expected time in retirement. The study focuses particular attention on the effects of heavy work carried out during night shifts on life expectancy.  http://www.wifo.ac.at/wwa/jsp/index.jsp
07 September 2008
Based on data obtained from the Austrian Working Climate Survey, this report examines aspects of job satisfaction, revealing generally high levels of satisfaction among the respondents overall. The report also raises the question of whether the existence of a works council makes a difference in this context. At the same time, it assesses people’s feelings of security or insecurity in relation to the future, revealing significant fears concerning employability and income in retirement. Furthermore, the report examines aspects of workload strain, such as time pressure, with women reporting lower levels of work strain than men with regard to all aspects of working conditions.