Working in Vienna

Finding a job in Austria isn't easy. The majority of expats relocate to Vienna as a result of a transfer from within a large company where they have been working in their home country. That said, there are a number of strong industries in Vienna, and highly skilled expats may find they have a skill that fills a gap in the workforce.

Expats moving who are citizens of EU-member states can legally work in Austria without having to obtain a work permit, but those from outside the EU will need to qualify for a work permit.

While English is generally spoken in business circles, expats who speak some basic German will certainly find it advantageous when it comes to securing a job in Vienna.

Job market in Vienna

As the capital of Austria, Vienna contributes approximately 25 percent of the country’s GDP. Most of the jobs in Vienna are found in the service sector.

Vienna has prominent real estate, banking and business sectors. Tourism is also a major industry in Vienna.

The city has a booming media sector and expats will find offices of numerous newspapers, radio stations and television channels. Many international media agencies have subsidiaries in Vienna and there is a large number of correspondents and journalists based in the city.

Vienna is also a major business hub within Europe and home to both branches and headquarters of major multinational corporations.

Finding a job in Vienna

Browsing online listings before arriving in the country is a good idea because it quickly allows job seekers to get an insight into the current state of the job market within a particular field. The classified section in local newspapers are also a good source of information and also have online versions that are updated regularly. 

Expats should also make use of any personal contacts to find out about job opportunities. Networking and personal relationships are incredibly important in Austria. Austrians tend to trust friends, so personal recommendations are highly valued. 

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