As stated by Labour Minister Martin Kocher (OVP), the previously-mentioned number of vacant jobs is presumably much higher, as only about 50% of the positions are reported to the labour market service (AMS). One of the main factors that pressure the job sector is that many individuals switched their professional area of expertise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the gastronomy and tourism sectors.
One of the upcoming changes is that a prospective IT specialist can obtain a job based on professional experience only. Currently in Austria, there is a formal education standard that must match the job position required, as opposed to countries like Germany and the Netherlands. According to the federal government's draft proposal, IT workers with 3 years of professional experience can be accepted as well.
Another noteworthy amendment is that English language skills will equally count as German if it is the company language. In case there is German knowledge required, the provided certificates will be accepted for 5 years instead of just 1.