Considering moving to Austria

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I was looking at the latest EU unemployment stats available:

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/eurozone-unemployment-hits-record-high_8.html

While Germany doesn't rate too bad, Austria seems to be the country in Europe with the lowest unemployment rate (4.55).

Is anybody who is already in Germany considering moving to Austria? Or just like me you're thinking of moving to Germany but willing to give it a go at Austria?

Or maybe you were in Germany and moved to Austria?

I know there are other threads about life in Austria. My main concern is the economic outlook and chance to find work. My German is so so, probably just enough to have a conversation in West Germany but I am not sure how I could fare in Austria.

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It might, just might, be helpful if you gave people a clue as to what it is you are qualified to do. Also, you would probably be better off asking on an Austrian forum where you can get more direct feedback.

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Not sure if it is true for all branches, but I have looked at a few positions in Vienna (which I consider to be a comparable city to Munich, in terms of cultural offerings, infrastructure and also cost of living) for project mgmt work, and have been so shocked at how low they were paid, that I gave up.

Not sure of the tax rates in Austria, but at less than half brutto what I can command here, I just felt it wouldn't be worth my time.

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While Germany doesn't rate too bad, Austria seems to be the country in Europe with the lowest unemployment rate (4.55).

My main concern is the economic outlook and chance to find work. My German is so so, probably just enough to have a conversation in West Germany

Although the national unemployment rate is useful for many types of economic analysis, it is pretty much useless in trying to determine whether your employment prospects are better in Germany or Austria. The unemployment rate varies by not only region, but also by profession. Even in the economic black hole of Germany there are many positions that can't be filled (however, they all require very specialised skills).

I'm not sure about Austria, however, in Germany there is not much demand for foreigners who can't speak German and don't have any special skills. On the other hand, the government has recently started a programme to help young EU citizens learn German and relocate to Germany to start an Ausbildung and there are also still many positions for experienced IT specialists and engineers who don't speak German (although the market for professionals who don't speak German seems to also slowly becoming saturated). As it has already been mentioned, it really depends on your skill set.

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Austria smells like cow.

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You should consider that unemployment varies a lot by region, even in Germany itself, so I don't think comparing the national statistic of countries which such difference in size makes sense.

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you would probably be better off asking on an Austrian forum where you can get more direct feedback.

Do you know any, please?

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It's now fair to compare Austria (area 83,855 sq. km, population 8 million) with Germany (357,021 sq. km, population 80 million). Austria should be compared with Bavaria, which has similar size and population, shares common border and has a bit of common history as well as the language (Austro-Bavarian dialect).

Unemployment rate in Bavaria is also one of the lowest in Europe and is comparable to those of Scandinavian countries, about 4%.

Generally, all regions around Alps are doing well (Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria, South Tirol of Italy).

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The Austrian forums are fairly dead.

I had the imression www.virtualvienna.net was comparable. The members seem to lurk on TT for the circus entertainment we offer though. Lol

Fyi, Vienna is not Austria when it comes to the people. Austrians are fairly easy going but Vienna is full of folks that are full of themselves. I can tell you if my impression has been proven again after I'm there tommorow. :rolleyes:

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anybody that moves to country just because their unemployment rate seems lower, needs to get their head examined. And what are you going to do in five years time when the unemployment rate rises in Austria and it drops in Sweden for example...move to Sweden!!

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The members seem to lurk on TT for the circus entertainment we offer though. Lol

Brilliant...!! :lol:

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I meant any recommended.

Do you want somebody to join the Austrian forum for you and post the questions you want answered there too?

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I know there are other threads about life in Austria. My main concern is the economic outlook and chance to find work. My German is so so, probably just enough to have a conversation in West Germany but I am not sure how I could fare in Austria.

Questions to ask yourself... what do you do beruflich (echoing Keydeck), how long would it take to get your German up to a decent working knowledge (B2 probably, others might argue C1...) ... and why Germany/Austria, Austria/Germany, Austria, but then again maybe Germany, erm... etc

You seem specific about German speaking countries, but unspecific about which one. Presumably that's why you're looking for pointers, but it all sounds a bit too vague and not very zielorientiert. imho

What are your reasons for considering going in the first place, apart from the economic climate?

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Generally, all regions around Alps are doing well (Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria, South Tirol of Italy).

Friul, Venetien, Lombardy and Piedmont are "around the Alps" too, to be completely honest. And they're not fairing that well...

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I visited Vienna once and that was enough. For all the hype I just found it sort of boring and stuffy. I could never work or live there. Steiermark is another story. Provincial but friendly.

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The Austrian forums are fairly dead.

I had the imression www.virtualvienna.net was comparable. The members seem to lurk on TT for the circus entertainment we offer though. Lol

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Expat forums in Austria-- there are 2, virtualvienna.net and vienna-expats.net (but TT is much bigger and more active.)

Thanks very much. I'll join both and I'll see if anything good comes out.

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