EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Österreichisches Bundesheer

Österreichisches Bundesheer

Geographic Location

Country: Austria


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84.22 - Defence activities
Number Employed: 21946

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 14-09-2016
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 14-09-2016
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2020
Planned Job Creation: 3800

Additional Information

The Austrian Armed Forces (Österreichisches Bundesheer) is to increase the number of staff by at least 3,800 by2020. Recently, the Austrian Bundesheer has been facing a cut down of 9% in staff between 2009 and 2014, according to a report from the Austrian Court of Auditors (Rechnungshof) shows.

The responsible Federal Ministry for National Defence and Sport (BMLVS) argues that new challenges caused by terrorism and migration made investments necessary. Until 2020 the ministry plans to hire 3,800 career soldiers, both male and female (Berufssoldat und -soldatinnen). Additionally, 1,200 to 1,400 people will be required to make up for retirements. The Bundeheer has also emphasised efforts to make military services more attractive for women, as currently only 3% of staff are female. Complementary, €1.7 billion will be invested in infrastructure and equipment.