Current information on remuneration, due date, special payments, pay slip, transfer of the annual pay slip and confirmation of contributions, etc.
Information for newcomers
Remuneration refers to all types of monetary payments and payments in kind (e.g. basic wage, special payments, overtime bonus, allowances and supplements, bonuses, private use of the company car, fees), which the employer pays the employee for providing their services. Expense allowances (e.g. mileage allowance, per diems) are not considered remuneration. Remuneration may be based on the time, piecework or performance-oriented remuneration system, or alternatively in the form of profit sharing.
Amount of the remuneration
For most sectors of industry, the collective bargaining agreement provides for a minimum wage in the salary tables. Higher remuneration (‘actual wage’) can be agreed.
White-collar employees receive a monthly wage, while blue-collar employees generally receive hourly wages. Apprentices are entitled to apprenticeship remuneration.
If a collective bargaining agreement is not possible because the employer is not an entity entitled to negotiate collective agreements, a minimum wage rate may be enacted.
If no collective agreement is in place, the employer is liable to pay the employee an appropriate or local rate remuneration. The remuneration will vary depending on many factors, such as qualifications, professional experience, industry or company size.
Payment date of the remuneration
Employers must pay the monthly salary to white-collar employees in two partial amounts by no later than the 15th and the last day of every month. However, an agreement to pay the total monthly salary at the end of the month may be reached. This is also stipulated in most collective bargaining agreements.
The hourly wages of blue-collar employees are essentially payable at the end of every calendar week. But many collective bargaining agreements contain different rules.
In principle, remuneration must also continue to be paid in case of leave, inability to attend work (sickness, care leave) as well as on public holidays (public holiday pay).
Employees are essentially only entitled to special payments if this is provided for in the relevant collective bargaining agreement. Most collective bargaining agreements provide for holiday pay and Christmas remuneration (‘13th and 14th monthly salary’).
- Minimum wage rates (→ BMAW)German text
- Correct classification: items of note (→ ÖGK)German text
- Online collective bargaining agreement database (→ ÖGB)German text
- Online collective bargaining agreement database (→ WKO)German text
- Remuneration (→ SV)German text
- Online wage calculator (→ BKA)German text
- ‘Benefits in kind - staff residence’ calculation programme (→ BMF)German text
- Remuneration (→ EURES)
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