Working in Austria
A big plus in your search for a job will be your knowledge of German. Do not assume that everyone here in Vienna speaks English, it just isn't true. You will need to learn the language in order to facilitate your day to day life and to find a job with the majority of companies. There are excellent online resources for before you arrive and excellent language schools offering intensive courses once you are here.
Finding a student job
Finding part time work is generally not difficult as the Austrian university system is based on a flexible schedule. As a student you do not need a work permit. However, the amount of money you are allowed to earn is strictly limited. If you earn more you will be treated as working full time and are subject to taxes and more expensive social security deductions. Ask your employer: they will know.
Universities often help with organising appropriate internships
(i.e. magazine internships for media studies), esp. during
the summer vacation.
Taxes and Social Insurance
Austria has a progressive tax system with 4 bands varying
from 0%-50%. Everyone in gainful employment in Austria will
make compulsory contributions to a social insurance fund which
will cover medical treatment, pension contributions etc. Top
up insurance is available if you wish to receive more preferential
treatment (choosing a specific doctor, etc.). It may be advisable
for Expatriates to consider additional medical insurance in
case of the need for repatriation, etc
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