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Living and working in Austria

Eurofound provides research, data and analysis on a wide range of social and work-related topics. This information is largely comparative, but also offers country-specific information for each of the EU Member States. This page contains information, research and data for Austria.

Country profile

Working life in Austria - Highlights

Austria faced a recession in 2023, with a GDP decline of 0.7%. In addition, the country recorded – for the second year in a row – a very high inflation with 7.8% (after 8.6% in 2022), lying significantly above the euro zone average of 5.4%.



Life satisfaction

Data source: 2016 EQLS survey


Ability to choose or change methods of work

Data source: 2015 EWCS survey


Possibility to accumulate overtime for days off

Data source: 2013 ECS survey

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Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database collects national level policy measures on various topics.

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Restructuring events in Austria

The restructuring events database contains factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events reported in the principal national media and company websites in each EU Member State.


Correspondents in Austria

Correspondents report on topics related to developments in the country's working life and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis. Read more

Consortium Forschungs-und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt (FORBA), Working Life Research Centre and University of Vienna


Eurofound Management Board members from Austria

Eurofound's Management Board is made up of representatives of the social partners and national governments of all Member States, European Commission representatives and an independent expert appointed by the European Parliament. Read more

Harald Fugger Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK)

Tobias Sonnweber Federation of Austrian Industries


Dinah Djalinous-Glatz Austrian Federation of Trade Unions (ÖGB)


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