Employees receive remuneration for the services specified in their contract of employment.
The amount of remuneration is governed by laws, collective agreements and/or internal works agreements; it also depends on individual factors such as age, qualifications, working hours, assignment to duties (position), etc.
In most cases remuneration is transferred to a salary/giro account on the last day of the month or on the first day of the following working month.
In most cases, remuneration, if governed by a collective agreement and/or works agreement, is paid 14 times a year: twelve monthly salary payments plus one month’s pay in the form of a Christmas bonus and one month’s holiday bonus (known as special payments).
Taxes, social insurance contributions and other deductions (e.g. union contributions) are deducted in the case of employees from gross pay and withheld by the employer, who then transfers them to the relevant institutions (Tax Office, social insurance institute, etc.).
With their pay each month, employees usually receive a written statement of remuneration, their payslip, which contains a precise breakdown of deductions (taxes, social insurance, legally required and voluntary contributions, e.g. trade union dues).
The Working Time Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz) applies to almost all private-sector employees over the age of 18. For young people and defined groups (e.g. drivers of motor vehicles) separate working time provisions apply.
Normal working time is:
-an 8-hour working day (working hours within a 24-hour period);
-a 40-hour working week (working hours from Monday to Sunday inclusive).
Collective agreements in many industries have shortened the working week, e.g. to 38 hours.
On this subject there exceptions and special rules.
Further information can be found at: ec.europa.eu/eures/main.jsp ountryId=AT&living
Leave (annual leave, parental leave etc)
Employees and apprentices have a minimum entitlement to paid annual leave of five weeks in each working year. In terms of working days, you are entitled to 30 days’ leave or 25 working days, which includes Saturdays, in each working year.
The working year starts on the day the employee joins the company.
In addition to their monthly pay, employees in Austria may also receive a holiday bonus, known as the 14th monthly pay cheque or holiday money, if this is included in the collective agreement or their employment contract.
In the first 6 months of your first year of employment, your leave entitlement is calculated on a pro rata basis. From the start of the 7th month, you receive the full leave entitlement. From the second year of employment, the full leave entitlement accrues from the beginning of the working year.
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