Austria is different. Austrians speak German, but they are very different from their neighbours. It is a small but very strong country, in sports, economic wise and also in tourism.  EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are entitled to work in Austria without a work permit, but must register with the local authority on their arrival in the country.  All other foreign nationals must obtain a work permit before being allowed to take up employment in Austria.

Job vacancies in Austria can be found advertised in many on-line recruitment websites, in the classifieds section of Austrian newspapers, and on EURES, the European employment services website for jobseekers and employers throughout Europe and of course on

EU nationals are entitled to enter Austria and use the Austrian Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich (AMS). Alternatively, the national employment services of many other European countries are part of the EURES network, and their nationals can use these to search for a job before travelling to Austria.

Non EU-nationals have little chances

In general, it is reported to be very difficult for non-EU nationals to find jobs in Austria unless they have very specialized skills or expertise that is in demand but not readily available within Austria.  It is also very difficult to find a skilled job in Austria unless you speak German fluently.

For EU nationals looking for seasonal unskilled work, there are usually many job vacancies in the tourism industry, especially working in hotels and ski resorts, but these tend to be very poorly paid.

Employment application letters and CVs should be submitted in German, unless the job advertisement states otherwise. Under Austrian law, standard weekly working hours are 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.