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Salzburg, Linz, Graz: Where are Austria’s biggest companies?

Vienna might have the most foreigners but there are lots of English-speaking jobs to be found outside of the capital. You just need to know where to look.

Salzburg, Linz, Graz: Where are Austria’s biggest companies?
Vienna might be Austria's capital city but it doesn't mean it's the only hub for jobs. (Photo by PhotoMIX Company / Pexels)

Most international residents think of Vienna when searching for a new job in Austria. 

But there are plenty of big companies based outside of the capital – with many hiring employees from all over the world.

Here’s a guide to some of Austria’s biggest companies in Salzburg, Linz and Graz.

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Salzburg

The big name in Salzburg is Austrian-owned Red Bull. The organisation’s Media House is based in the district of Siezenheim, then there is the Red Bull Base in Elsbethen and the corporate campus in Fuschl am See.

For many jobs at Red Bull, the required language is English, with some job descriptions asking for both German and English. Examples of current vacancies (at the time of writing) include internships, sales, marketing and IT engineering roles.

Another big company located in Salzburg is Hofer – the supermarket holding company. The International Management Holding branch of the company is located at Michael-Walz-Gasse near Salzburg Airport.

The team at Hofer is international and many roles require fluent English. Positions at Hofer include BI Front End Developer (salary €52,100) and IT Consultant Finance (€3,700 per month). Both roles ask for fluent English language skills.

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Linz

Linz is the home of industry in Austria with companies specialising in steel and machine construction. It also has a thriving creative scene with Ars Electronica serving as a base for technology-based arts.

One big, international company based in Linz is Siemens, one of the largest industrial manufacturing organisations in Europe. Siemens has had an office in Linz since 1902, but opened the new Techbase Linz location on Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse in 2022.

The Local found many jobs currently advertised at Siemens in Linz, although most require fluent German. However, we did find a vacancy for a Senior Software Engineer (salary €3,600 per month) that only asked for fluent English.

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Rosenbauer is a manufacturer of systems for firefighting and disaster protection. The Linz operation is located outside of the city centre on Straubingstraße where the company’s Centre of Excellence for helmet production is based.

Most jobs on the Rosenbauer website are advertised in German. Although some do ask for a high level of English language skills, like the advertised role of Strategic Buyer (salary €46,000).

Another big employer in Linz is Today Experts – a human resource and project consulting firm. They specialise in the IT sector so software engineering roles feature heavily at this company.

Current vacancies at Today Experts include an IT Manager (€60,000 salary) that calls for both English and German language skills. Today Experts also has locations in Graz and Vienna.

Graz

Graz is the capital of Styria and the city is known for its tech and engineering industry, with several big companies hiring international employees.

One such firm is Dynatrace, which is a global software engineering company with an office at the Technopark Raaba, in the south of Graz.

The Graz location focuses on Account Experience through the use of platforms, tools and services, so most jobs are related to that. The company language is English and there are more than 55 nationalities in their team.

At the time of writing, the Dynatrace website had job vacancies in Graz for roles like Product Owner (salary €50,000) and Senior Go Agent Developer (salary €60,000).

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Not far from Dynatrace is Magna Steyr – an international car manufacturer. This company also has locations in Vienna and in neighbouring Germany, and promises opportunities for career development all over the world.

The Local found an IT Systems Engineer role advertised at Magna Steyr in Graz that includes flexible working and the possibility of home office. Language requirements are German and English, so you do need decent German skills to apply.

Then there is AVL, which is involved in the development, testing and simulation of powertrain systems. The Austrian headquarters is based in Graz on Hans-List-Platz and the company has numerous locations around the world.

As to be expected from a global company, AVL hires English-speakers for certain roles. One example is for a Design Engineer (salary €51,530) that asks for fluent English, with German language skills as an added bonus.

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How Austria plans to raise the retirement age for women

The retirement age for women in Austria will be gradually raised by five years under government plans. Here's what you need to know.

How Austria plans to raise the retirement age for women

The statutory retirement age in Austria is currently 65 years for men and 60 for women – but this will change in the coming years. 

Between 2024 and 2033, the state pension age for women will gradually rise to 65, in line with the retirement age already set for men.

This move is in alignment with other European countries like France, Germany and Italy where the state pension age is the same for both men and women. 

The Austrian government this week revealed more details on how this change will happen. 

When will the pension age rise to match men’s?

As with everything regarding retirement and pensions, it’s a complex process. 

When someone retires, and how much they receive, depends on several factors such as their occupation and how many years they’ve paid into the system. 

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But here’s a look at how the government will raise the statutory retirement age for women. 

As of next year, the standard retirement age for women will be gradually increased – and by 2033 it will hit 65 years.

The exact timetable is set to be fixed as part of the social security amendment, and passed by the National Council next week, according toDer Standard report.

Women born between January 1st and June 30th 1964 will generally only be able to access their pension at the age of 60.5. For those born in the second half of 1964, the standard retirement age will be 61.

This pattern will continue in further half-year steps up to the 1968 birth cohort. Women born after June 30th 1968 will – like their male colleagues – only be able to retire when they reach the age of 65, said Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) delegate Michael Hammer.

This does not affect the provisions on early retirement (the so-called Korridorpension). In this case, the gradual increase of the age limit already started in 2019. There is a transitional provision for partial retirement arrangements: agreements that are already effective or approved by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) can be continued in the originally agreed form – irrespective of a possible earlier statutory retirement age. For new agreements in 2023, the granting of partial retirement is possible for up to six months after the standard retirement age has been reached.

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The cut-off dates adopted by the Social Affairs Committee from the coalition government made up of the ÖVP, the Greens and the Social Democrats (SPÖ) on Wednesday will mean that some women will be able to start their retirement a little earlier than planned. In view of different possible interpretations, “clarifications in conformity with the constitution” had been made, said Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens).

What else has been decided?

An initiative motion (from the SPÖ) was unanimously sent to the plenary session with the aim of closing gaps in what’s known as the Heimopferrente – or home victims’ pension – identified by the Ombudsman Board. This pension is for people who were subjected to abuse in a care situation, such as a youth home, church or within a foster family.

In future, people who are permanently unable to work and who cannot receive social assistance because their partner’s income is too high will also receive this pension – and on application also retroactively.

Until now, these people had to wait until the standard retirement age. Furthermore, the ruling of the Supreme Court (OGH) is to be taken into account, according to which an individually agreed or judicially awarded individual compensation payment does not prevent the receipt of a home victim’s pension. 

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