Japa: Motor mechanics, plumbers, electricians needed in Austria amid labour shortages

Japa: Motor mechanics, plumbers, electricians needed in Austria amid labour shortages

A major labour shortage in Austria has left nearly 200,000 job vacancies unfilled in the first quarter of 2024, according to Statistics Austria.

The country’s official statistics agency reported an average of 196,400 vacancies, marking an 8.5% increase from the previous quarter, which saw 181,000 vacancies.

This increase is the first recorded in a year, noted Tobias Thomas, General Director of Statistics Austria. Most of the job offers are in the service sector, accounting for 113,200 vacancies. The manufacturing sector has 46,100 unfilled positions, and the public sector has 37,100.

Labour shortages: Austria seeks foreign workers

Austria is increasingly reliant on foreign workers to sustain its economy.

The 2023 EURES report highlights the urgent need for skilled workers in various occupations, including:

Electrical mechanics and fitters
Agricultural and industrial machinery mechanics and repairers
Motor vehicle mechanics and repairers
Sheet metal workers
Welders and flame cutters
Spray painters and varnishers
Plumbers and pipefitters
Carpenters and joiners
Nursing associate professionals
Construction supervisors
Physical and engineering science technicians
Mechanical and electrical engineering technicians
Systems analysts
Midwifery professionals
Generalist medical practitioners
Engineering professionals
Competitive Salaries for High-Demand Occupations

According to the Economic Research Institute (ERI), some shortage occupations in Austria offer competitive salaries. For instance, medical general practitioners earn an average of €162,974 annually, while registered nurses earn €69,552. Electrical engineers make an average of €75,384 per year, and automotive mechanics earn €43,001.

Visa Requirements for Foreign Workers

Non-Austrian citizens must apply for a D Visa to work in Austria, with exceptions for EU and EFA residents. Highly skilled workers can also apply for a Red-White-Red card, granting them work and residence permits for up to two years. However, those on a Schengen Visa cannot convert it into a long-term work visa.

As of October 2022, over 900,000 foreign workers were employed in Austria, indicating a strong reliance on international labour to fill the workforce gap.

Cost of Living in Austria

Austria is among the most expensive countries to live in, ranking 19th globally and 7th in Europe, according to Numbeo. Monthly expenses for a single person, excluding rent, are estimated at €1,055, while a family of four incurs around €3,590. Rent varies by location, with a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre costing approximately €854 and €695 outside the centre. For a three-bedroom apartment, the costs are €1,540 in the city centre and €1,215 outside.

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