Employment Contract Details
Contracts must be in writing. There are no specific rules for the language of employment contracts, as long as the employee understands the contract language. Bilingual wording is recommended.
Will vary depending on the collective agreement, but the standard period is 6 weeks.
Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum wage set is EUR 1,500 per month.
Maximum working hours and overtime
Standard working time is 38.5 hours per week. However, it is permitted up to 40 effective hours per week without an increased rate of pay.
Bonus and expense payments
Bonuses may be paid and are treated as additional salary. In Austria, most of the collective agreements stipulate 14 payments per year. Therefore the employees receive two additional payments, one in June and one in November.
- Maternity leave: starts 8 weeks before childbirth and extends up to 8 weeks after the child is born. During this period, employees receive an allowance equal to the average of the last 3 gross salaries during the entire statutory maternity leave. The allowance is paid by social insurance. Employee is entitled to interrupt the contract for a period up to 851 days.
- Paternity leave: after the eight months following the date of birth goes past, the same conditions are to be applied as the ones for maternity leave.
Parents are entitled to take a minimum of 3 months of unpaid parental leave between childbirth and the child’s second birthday. They can also take up to 1 month at the same time and decide who will take the remaining month.
The employer is obligated to pay up to 6 weeks with full salary and another 4 weeks with half of the salary amount before illness. After this period, the Austrian social security agency continues with the payment.