Unemployment

Working in Europe | Unemployment | Austria

Unemployment benefits consist of a basic sum, family supplement and various supplementary benefits. While in receipt of unemployment benefits you and your family members continue to be covered by health insurance.

 

The following applies for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals:

If you have already made contributions in any EU/EEA country or Switzerland, this period will be taken into account for the fulfilment of the qualifying period and to determine the duration of the reference period, provided that you have been employed in Austria for at least one day and have paid the mandatory unemployment insurance prior to application for the unemployment benefit.

 

Qualifying period:

- At least 52 weeks of contribution paying employment over the past 24 months from the point of application must be demonstrated (for persons over the age of 25 upon initial claim), or

- At least 28 weeks of contribution paying employment over the past year from the point of application must be demonstrated (applies to additional claims).

 

For third country nationals:

There are only five countries where bilateral agreements on social security include unemployment benefits: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Israel, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Please note that in most cases the agreement only settles addition of insurance periods to determine the qualifying periods.

 

Details at: www.hauptverband.at 

For personal assistance in the field of unemployment please contact the EURAXESS Service Centre: mobility@ffg.at