Austria Recruiting and HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
Your employees are the most important company asset you have. Finding the right talent ensures your company will grow and experience minimal turnover. However, recruiting and hiring are more difficult in a foreign country such as Austria, where you have to learn how to hire Austrian employees, figure out the country’s employment compliance laws, and handle the other aspects of your expansion.
Fortunately, Globalization Partners offers Employer of Record services to clients looking to hire employees without establishing a subsidiary first. We can hire Austrian employees on your behalf and onboard them in just a few days. As a result, your employees will be productive sooner, they’ll enjoy a positive hiring experience, and you’ll stay compliant.
Recruiting in Austria
Every country has specific attitudes and values that make it unique. These differences also extend to business, as work customs can differ based on location, cultural influences, attitudes, and behaviors. Understanding these unspoken rules before you start recruiting in Austria will help you find and retain top talent, show your commitment to the country, and successfully navigate complex business relationships.
Below are three steps to follow while you’re handling business relations in Austria.
1. Remember That Punctuality Is Highly Valued
Punctuality in this country is known worldwide, and everyone carefully manages their time, calendars, schedules, and agendas. Even trains will arrive on time within the minute. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you’re never late to meetings — even by a few minutes. If you’ll be delayed by even a minute, we recommend calling ahead to explain the situation. If you have a priority appointment, such as a job interview with a candidate, arrive five to 10 minutes early to be there before your prospective employee.
2. Always Follow a More Formal Dress Code
People care about how they look in Austria, especially during business interactions. Clothes are typically neat, conservative, and never ostentatious. Business dress is often understated, and men will wear dark-colored and conservative suits with solid ties and white shirts. Women will often wear a suit or dress with elegant accessories. When you meet candidates for interviews, be sure to look the part to make a positive first impression.
3. Make Introductions Through a Third Party
Most Austrians want to have an introduction through a third party. In a face-to-face meeting, greet your job candidates with a firm and quick handshake. Always let the older or higher-ranking person present initiate the greetings, even if they did not set up the meeting. It’s important to maintain eye contact throughout the greeting and keep your hands out of your pockets. Personal space is valued, and we recommend keeping an arm’s length of distance between you and the person you’re speaking to.
The Recruitment Process in Austria
You can’t staff your Austrian business until you know where to find the right people. Demand for new talent is high, so many companies will hold their own job fairs to attract locals and expats. We recommend advertising positions in all available media types, including newspaper and internet classifieds. Some of the most popular online job sites include:
- Der Standard
- Public Employment Service Austria (AMS)
Personal relationships are considered essential in Austria. As soon as you hire a few employees, you can establish a network. Your existing employees can then recommend other candidates, especially if you create a well-rounded referral program.
An important part of staffing and recruiting in Austria is making sure you follow the correct laws to stay compliant. Do not discriminate against a potential candidate based on their birth, sex, class, or religion. Employers should also not choose a man over a woman or vice versa if the candidates have the same education and experience. In the country’s higher education field, specific regulations, laws and requirements prohibit gender-based discrimination, including:
- Laws against direct and indirect gender discrimination in public employment
- Laws against sexual harassment and gender-based harassment
- Career advancement for women
- Affirmative action plans for women
The Equal Treatment Act and the ratification of the Directive of 2000 add more protections for workers in all industries. Civil servants who work for the federal government are covered under the Federal Equal Treatment Act, while agricultural workers have the Anti-Discrimination Acts laws. Currently, both direct and indirect discrimination are prohibited related to recruitment, wages and salaries, voluntary social benefits, vocational training, conditions of employment, and employment termination.
How to Hire Workers in Austria
Although Austria employment compliance laws do not require employment contracts, we recommend putting strong, written contracts in place when you’re hiring workers. Ideally, these contracts will spell out benefits, compensation, termination requirements, and more. All salary and compensation amounts should be in Euro instead of another currency, and you should make sure the contract is in the local language.
Austria Employment Compliance Laws
Austria’s employment compliance laws are different from those in other countries. Companies with five or more employees have to set up a work council, the size of which depends on the total number of employees. As an employer, you need to give the work council at least one week of notice before you notify an employee of their dismissal. The work council can also request that the employer consult the council before dismissing the employee.
All employees in Austria have free access to government and labor support if they believe they’ve been treated unfairly throughout their employment. Many employees choose to file complaints with the labor tribunal. Since these protections strongly favor employees, we recommend working with a consultant or global PEO that can help you hire new staff members.
How Should You Onboard Employees in Austria?
Every company operates differently, which is why you’re free to onboard employees using a process that’s best for your business. However, you can take certain steps to make employees more comfortable and confident in their new positions, including the following actions:
- Onboard multiple employees together to save time and encourage bonding
- Provide on-the-job training
- Review the employment contract and any other important company documents
- Travel to Austria to be there in-person for the onboarding process
Benefits of Choosing Austria Hiring Outsourcing Services
If you work with Globalization Partners, as a global PEO, we can help you hire Austrian employees in just a few days. Our Austria hiring outsourcing services ensure that we can source top talent for your open positions and help you stay compliant throughout this process. As the Employer of Record, we’ll also take on all the responsibility of compliance for you.
Don’t Wait to Contact Globalization Partners
If you’re considering an expansion to Austria, Globalization Partners can help you expand faster through Austria hiring outsourcing. Get in touch with us today to learn more and get started.