In spite of the bad economy, many jobs are available in Austria
The domestic employment market has wonderful expectations. Also the insurance sector is booming. Austrian insurance companies have more than 3.000 jobs to offer.
“We are searching for 300 insurance advisers” says the boss of the insurance company “Generali” Luciano Cirinà. The need for good insurance advisers in Austria is so big, that all insurance companies of Austria made a collective ad campaign under the slogan “a job with future”, to attract more young people to become insurance advisers.
The “Allianz” insurance company is even searching for more than 600 employees. The average insurance adviser can expect a monthly salary of more than 5.000 Euro.
Also skilled workers are very much needed in Austria. The factories have serious problems to find staff. The executive committee of the Austrian high-grade steel manufactures confirms the situation. “We are not able to find skilled workers”, is the opinion. Austrians aren’t too excited either, to accept long distances to their working places.
“Already a distance of 85 km is too much”, knows a factory owner from the federal state of Burgenland, who was searching for employees in Styrias capital Graz.
Walter Meinhart thinks that the German market has much more potential as Eastern Europe.
Already this year he wants to earn 20 million Euro in Germany.
Since 2007 the cable merchant from St. Florian, a little town in the east of Upper Austria, is busy with the foundations of distribution establishments in Hamburg, Berlin, Dortmund and Munich. These are the magic places from where wants to conquer the German market.
Meinhart answers the question “why?”, with the consideration that Germany needs much more cable than Eastern Europe. “So it was crystal clear to expand to Germany than to the east of Europe”, he explains.
This year the cable merchant expects sales in the value of 190 million Euro.
The Austrian family enterprise Swarovski suffers under a low dollar price, and cheap business competition from Egypt and China.
These are the main reasons that the company thinks to cut about 400 jobs.
The sales decreased down to 5 percent. Now the company must also decrease its output.
Not that serious is the situation for the managers of Swarovski. “We are going to survive”, they say. There were a much bigger problems for the company in the 70’s, when the oil crisis made the sales go down to 40 percent.
In the last two years Swarovski invested more than 80 million Euro in its location in the Tyrolean town of Wattens.
“Austria Engine” is the good-sounding name of a new aeroplane engine manufacturer in Austria.
Investors of the new company want to stay unknown. The new manufacturer already started to build a factory for 100 workers in the Lower Austrian town of Wiener Neustadt.
Already next year “Austria Engine” should be ready to build aeroplane engines for “Diamond Aircraft”.
“Austria Engine” has the image of an enterprise which is clouded in secrecy. The names and numbers of the investors are completely secret.
The Carinthian logistics specialist “Salomon Automation” is located in the historical town of Friesach, and received a big order from Germany.
The German beverages distributor Wüllner needs the help of the Austrians. 60.000 of its beverage crates are on the move every day. Austrians should help to organize the warehouse management of the Germans.
Wüllner is located in the German city of Bielefeld, and delivers more than 200 customers with 1.300 different items daily.
By more than 300 logistics installations, Salomon Automation is one of Europes biggest logistics specialists. The enterprise employs more than 360 workers.
Efkon is a toll system enterprise from Austrias federal state Styria.
Now the Styrian company caught an order in an estimated value of 10 mio EUR. South Korea wants to have the company for “free flow toll traces”.
Already 550 free flow toll traces and 350 toll boxes with intigrated bord computer and smart card were delivered to the Asian nation. “These are the worlds best toll boxes in the world”, says the boss of Efkon.
The prepaid system guarantees that toll system operators always receive their money. They don’t need to bill invoices. By one card it’s also possible to pay the bus, the underground, the parking taxes and even at the petrol station.
Efkon already made very good deals in Malaysia recently. The market share in this country amounts 100 percent. Also Taiwan and India are two very good sales markets in Asia.
Efkon employs 550 workers, 100 are located in Austria. Last year Efkon was able to achieve sales in the value of 50 mio EUR.
The Upper Austrian manufacturer of starter coal, the enterprise Hoffmann Elektrokohle AG (HEAG), expects a big deal in Japan.
This years sales should increase from 57,2 up to 61 mio EUR.
The Japanese deal should make the dream come true to open the whole market in Japan for the car supplier Hoffmann Elektrokohle AG (HEAG).
Already today the car supplier from Austria has a foot in the Asian market. The company operates a factory in China.
The Upper Austrian Agricultural machinery maker Pöttinger from the little town of Grieskirchen can celebrate a plentiful harvest in sales.
The company was able to increase its sales by 16,2 percent up to 199 mio EUR.
The growth was very strong in the sector of cultivation: 38,7 percent up to 32,8 mio EUR. The sector grassland increased by 11,9 percent up to 141 mio EUR.
Pöttinger has also a strong increase in exports. The export ratio amounted 81 percent. The company made its best deals with Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia.
The amount of employees increased from 986 to 1000.
The Upper Austrian textile and fashion chain Fussl wants to open 12 new shops in the next 12 months. The sales of the enterprise should increase up to 73 mio EUR this year.
Fussl is also thinking to open several shops abroad. “But we have no pressure to do that”, says Fussl boss Karl Mayr junior. “The Austrian market is tough and highly competitive enough”, he confirms.
Fussl has its headquaters in the village “Ort im Innkreis”, which is located close to the town of Ried, in the federal state of Upper Austria. The textile and fashion chain has 77 chain stores at the moment, and sees potential for 120 stores in whole Austria.
The expansion is going to start this week in Lower Austrias Bruck an der Leitha. Chain stores in Gänserndorf, Wiener Neustadt, Stockerau (also Lower Austria), Linz (Upper Austria), Bad Vöslau (Lower Austria) and Deutschlandsberg (Styria) should follow.
Watch band manufacturer Hirsch from Carinthia is world market leader. Hirsch sells his watch bands in 62 countries around the world.
This year the sales should increase from 40 million EUR up to seven percent.
Hirsch has 5 manufacturing facilities: one in the headquarter in Klagenfurt, three in India (Bangalore, Hosur, and Dehradun), and another one in China (Longguang Zhen). The secret of success is the connection and combination between flamboyant design and traditional handicraft.
Hirsch has no competitor who can do business competition in all 62 countries at the same time. The only competitor is located in Italy: Morellato. But the Italians are only a competition in the Central European market.
Hirsch employs 1.450 workers world wide. 300 of them are located in Klagenfurt. The company exists since 1765. These are 8 generations.