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WORKING IN AUSTRIA

Top co-working spaces in Austria for freelancers and entrepreneurs

Ditching the traditional office to work from home can be liberating for many people. But without a dedicated work space or colleagues to talk to, it can quickly become a lonely experience.

Woman in wheelchair on laptop in cafe
Whether you want networking opportunities, office services, or simply a space to set up your laptop and drink coffee, there are options across Austria. Photo: Marcus Aurelius/Pexels

Thankfully, Austria is home to many co-working spaces and a recent study by the OVO Network named Vienna as the second best city in Europe for remote workers. 

Additionally, a Harvard Business Review study found that people who use co-working spaces report higher levels of satisfaction in their job when compared to those working in a traditional office environment.

So, for anyone working from the kitchen table and craving a change of scene, here’s an overview of the top co-working spaces in Austria.

VIENNA

The Collaboratory, Apollogasse 4/7

Not only does it offer workspaces, but The Collaboratory also provides members with babysitting services twice a week (and claim they are the only co-working space in Vienna to do so).

Cost: The Virtual Office package starts at €80 per month and includes a business address, mail collecting service, private locker, one day a month hot desk and a 15 per cent discount for meeting or event rooms. The Hybrid Working Plan starts at €16 for one day and babysitting services are €12 for four hours.

Hours: [TBC]

Impact Hub Vienna, Lindengasse 56

Impact Hub describes itself as “a diverse community of founders, creatives, investors, established companies and NGOs” and aims to balance social responsibility with profitability.

The organisation has 600 co-working members and also provides startup accelerator programs, as well as tailored partnership programs. Members can choose to join Impact Hub’s online community or rent a workspace in the building.

Cost: The Community membership starts at €20 a month and a workspace package starts at €35 a month for 10 hours.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Talent Garden, Liechtensteinstraße 111-115

Talent Garden is a co-working space for freelancers and claims to be the biggest European community of digital and tech innovators. The Vienna branch is located in the ninth district and spans 5,000 square metres over six floors.

Each Talent Garden has a community manager and members of the Vienna branch also gain access to other Talent Garden ‘campuses’ across Europe.

Costs: A day pass at Talent Garden starts at €20 for a hot desk at a shared table. This is available from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and day passes can be bought in bundles of 10, 20 and 30. Additionally, members can purchase a pass for 20 hours a week for €180, or 24/7 access at €300 a month.

Hours: 24 hours a day for full members.

Alternatively, there is no shortage of cafes in the Austrian capital. Coffee Pirates, Das Möbel, Jonas Reindl, Phil and Balthasar are among the welcoming places to enjoy a coffee and cake while doing some work.

LINZ

Factory 300, Peter-Behrens-Platz 10

The people behind Factory 300 say it is “the most innovative co-working environment to be found in Upper Austria”. Member benefits include fresh coffee, networking, printing facilities, events, workshops and discounts at Talent Garden in Vienna.

Factory 300 is located in the Tabakfabrik, a creative hub for architects, designers and startups.

Cost: Membership at Factory 300 starts at €30 for a day ticket (8am to 3pm), which includes a hot-desk, coffee, water, internet and printing facilities. 

Hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

GRAZ

Regus, Waagner-Biro-Strasse 47 and City Tower Graz, Brückenkopfgasse 1

Regus operates out of two city centre locations in Graz, offering a total of 37 co-working desks and four meeting rooms. Members can choose to hot-desk or select a designated workspace, and can book by the hour, day or month.

The Waagner-Biro-Strasse location is within walking distance of the Graz train station (Hauptbahnhof), and the City Tower Graz facility offers views over the River Mür.

Additionally, Regus operates co-working spaces in Linz, Vienna and in 150 other countries around the world, including neighbouring Slovenia.

Cost: Co-working packages at Regus in Graz start at €254 a month and meeting rooms can be hired from €19.50 an hour.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day for members.

SALZBURG 

Techno-Z, Schillerstraße 30

Techno-Z was the first co-working space to be established in Salzburg in 2012 and is aimed at sole traders, startups or entrepreneurs looking for a professional community in the city. 

The organisation has 25 fixed co-working spaces and 10 day guest passes. Techno-Z also holds regular events about entrepreneurship and startups. As an added bonus, prospective members can enjoy a one day free trial.

Cost: Members can choose from a one day pass for €25, a block of 10 day passes for €215 or a monthly ticket for €309.

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5pm. Friday: 8am to 12.30pm.

INNSBRUCK

Raum13, Maria-Theresien-Straße 42a

With a city centre location just four minutes from the train station, this co-working centre is easily accessible for members and is open to all professional groups.

The founders of Raum13 believe in openness, collaboration, sustainability, community and accessibility. The centre has been operating for seven years and proudly claims to have worked with people from 22 different nations.

Membership packages at Raum13 include coffee and water, 24/7 access to facilities and work tables.

Cost: A one day pass at Raum13 is €20.83 (from 9am to 6pm), a one week pass is €90 and a fixed desk monthly package is €275.

Hours: 24/7 access for full members. For day pass users, opening hours are 9am to 6pm.

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WORKING IN AUSTRIA

What are the rules on working overtime in Austria?

There comes a time in many people’s working life when overtime is required (or even welcomed). But what are the rules in Austria?

What are the rules on working overtime in Austria?

Working overtime (Überstunden) usually means earning extra money – but it also requires more work and less time for your private life.

Plus, whereas some people might jump at the chance to boost their income, others might not have the capacity to take on more work due to family commitments, or even poor health.

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So what happens if your employer asks you to work overtime in Austria?

Here’s what you need to know.

What are regular working hours in Austria?

Regular working hours are set by the Working Time Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz), which applies to most private-sector employees in Austria over the age of 18.

The law states that regular working hours are eight hours within a 24-hour period, or a 40-hour week.

However, this is not set in stone as working hours can be adjusted by collective agreements or negotiations with an employer. 

This means a working week can be reduced to 38 hours, for example, or a working day increased to 10 hours to allow for a four-day work week or flexible working.

Likewise, shift work has different rules and staff can work up to 12 hours during one shift without stepping into overtime territory.

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What is considered as overtime?

If someone has a job with regular working hours of eight hours a day or 40 hours a week, then overtime starts when they go over those hours. But only if there are no previously agreed exceptions in place.

Furthermore, employees can only be expected to work overtime if it does not create a conflict with their other responsibilities, such as child care or health care.

For anyone that does work overtime, they should be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their usual pay.

For part time (Teilzeit) staff with a set number of contracted hours (e.g. 25 hours), the pay for overtime is 1.25 the usual rate. This is known as “extra work” (Mehrarbeit).

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What are the rules for working overtime in Austria?

According to the employment law in Austria, staff can work up to 20 hours per week in overtime. This means up to 12 hours a day and up to 60 hours a week.

But any request by an employer to work overtime can be refused if it would result in working more than 10 hours per day or 50 hours a week. An employee does not have to give a reason for turning down overtime.

It’s also worth noting that conditions around overtime can vary depending on an employment contract or collective agreement, so always check the rules in your workplace before agreeing to (or declining) overtime work.

Vocabulary

Overtime – Überstunden

Extra work – Mehrarbeit

Full time – Vollzeit

Part time – Teilzeit

Flexible working – Gleitzeit

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