With the help of software, the ÖVP-Wirtschaftsbund counted all job advertisements in Austria and came to an astonishing result: There are more than twice as many vacancies as the unemployment service (AMS) statistics show. “There is no shortage of job opportunities, rather our companies are suffering from a labor shortage, economic growth is slowed down and the upswing after Corona is endangered,” emphasizes the Secretary General of the Economic Association, Kurz Egger.
According to Egger, the AMS shows only a part of the actual vacancies with 112,155 vacancies at the end of October. If you count the relevant online job portals and eliminate duplicates, there would be around 248,000 vacancies, according to the Wirtschaftsbund. The explanation: When employees are sought, job advertisements are advertised online, but these are not always reported to the AMS.
So there are in fact as many unemployed as there are vacancies. There are, in some cases, clear differences between the federal states. Vienna stands out in particular: There are 108,747 vacancies here and 36,813 unemployed. In other federal states, such as Salzburg and Upper Austria, the number of unemployed is significantly higher than the number of vacancies. Trade, tourism and the hospitality industry are particularly hard hit by the shortage of skilled workers.
The Wirtschaftsbund is therefore pushing for unemployment insurance to be reformed in order to get more people into employment. The ÖVP-Bund envisages stricter additional income limits, unemployment benefits that will decrease over time and longer travel times to the place of work.
Labor Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP) wants to reform unemployment benefits by the beginning of next year. The details are still open. The green coalition partner has recently been cautious. As the green social spokesman Markus Koza said this week, the unemployed are already at high risk of poverty.