The balance between work and family life is a significant challenge for employees and employers. Since its beginning, IST Austria has dedicated staff to support employees with family questions, and continuously tries to provide services which enable employees to balance family and work.
In order to further develop the provided services, IST Austria decided in 2014 to participate in the Work and Family Audit, which, under the supervision of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Women, Families and Youth, evaluates companies on their family-friendliness, and helps them define and plan improvements. IST Austria received its first certificate in 2017 while, at the same time, it committed itself to a new cycle of the audit (2017-2020) in order to address the Institute’s steady growth and changing needs.
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Children & Education
Services on campus
IST Austria runs the child care center Froschkönig on campus. English and German speaking caregivers provide excellent care of kids in the following groups: children from 3 months to 1 year, children from 1 year to 3 years, children from 3 years to elementary school age.
Apart from an on-site child care center, a room on campus is specifically designed for family care and rest and can be used, for example, for breast-feeding or in situations in which parents have to bring their children with them to work due to issues with their regular day care.
There is also a low-exposure lab for pregnant experimentalists that allows them to continue working without being exposed to harmful materials.
Maternity & parental leave
In Austria, the maternity protection (“Mutterschutz”) refers to the period of 8 weeks before and 8 weeks after delivery. During this time, employment is strictly forbidden. This period can be prolonged before and/or after due to health reasons. The public social insurance of an employee continues during the time of maternity protection.
Parental leave is a legal right for absence due to the birth of a child. It starts the earliest immediately following the maternity protection period or―if the parental leave is split up among the parents―immediately after the parental leave of the other parent. The minimal duration for parental leave is 2 months. The latest return date to work is on the 2nd birthday of the child.
The amount of child-care allowance paid out during parental leave depends on the option you choose: the Child-care allowance account (Kinderbetreuungsgeld-Konto) or the Income-dependent child-care allowance (Einkommensabhängiges Kinderbetreuungsgeld).
The government provides substantial financial funding for younger children attending care, either in a public or private institution. Austria offers the following types of facilities:
- CRECHES / DAY NURSERIES / “Kinderkrippen”: Day nurseries are for children up to the age of 3. Most nurseries accept children from the age of 1-2 years or younger. Day nurseries take care of up to 15 children per group.
- KINDERGARTENS / “Kindergarten”: For children aged 3-6 there are kindergartens to prepare them for life in the community in a holistic approach.
- DAY-PARENTS / “Tageseltern” or “Tagesmütter”: Day-parents are private adults who, very often in addition to watching their own children at home, also take care of other parents’ kids. They receive a similar but shorter training than kindergarten-teachers. Day parents may take care of kids of all ages.
- AFTER SCHOOL CARE / “Hort”: With the big majority of Austrian schools only having classes from approx. 8:00 am to approx. 11:00 am or 2:00 pm, many parents need facilities to take care of their kids until they come back from work. Either schools take over this duty (“Ganztagesschule” – most of them are closed during the Austrian school holidays) or the children go to a separate facility (“Hort”).
- Child care center Froschkönig at IST Austria: IST Austria runs, in cooperation with the company Kidspoint GmbH (NÖ Kinderfreunde), the child care center Froschkönig on campus. Children are taken care of in different age groups: 3 months to 1 year, 1 to 3 years and 3 to 6 years (school entry). All IST employees have the possibility to enroll their children at our childcare center (subject to availability).
In Austria, all children have to attend Kindergarten for at least 1 year for a minimum of 5 hours per day and 4 days per week. This mandatory year starts at the latest on the first day of September following the child’s 5th birthday.
Austria has a free and public school system. All children residing permanently in Austria are subject to general compulsory education. It begins with the 1st of September following the child’s 6th birthday, and lasts for 9 years.
Primary school consists of 4 grades. Upon successful completion of year 4 of the primary school, pupils must attend one of the following types of school: the New Secondary School (Neue Mittelschule, NMS) or the Academic Secondary School (AHS). As far as the education of children with special needs is concerned, it is possible to attend a special school or to attend an integrated Lower Secondary School, New Secondary School or Academic Secondary School Lower Level.
The Austrian Education System by the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research
The Austrian Education System by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Local school option: BG/BRG Klosterneuburg International School
The Gymnasium BG/BRG Klosterneuburg offers a general education to pupils aged 10 to 18 residing in Klosterneuburg, e.g. 8 years of tuition, after primary school. It is an Academic Secondary School and prepares pupils for the Austrian Matriculation Examination (AHS Matura).
The BG/BRG Klosterneuburg also offers a bilingual program, which is taught in both English and German beginning in the 1st year. Admission to the bilingual program is by written and oral examination.
In 2010, the BG/BRG Klosterneuburg was authorized as an IB World School. The IB Diploma is a globally recognized qualification and it is a sign of the highest standards of academic achievement. The bilingual program as well as the IB program are strongly supported by IST Austria.
School holidays in Austria consist of 5 major holidays: 2 weeks Christmas holidays (December-January), 1 week semester break (February), 1 week + 2 days Easter (March/April), Pentecost (May/June) and 9 weeks summer holidays (July-August). The exact dates of some school holidays differ between states. For Vienna and Lower Austria, the semester holidays take place during the 1st week of February and the summer holidays start in the 1st week of July.
On November 15th, Lower Austria celebrates its patron saint St. Leopold. Therefore, all schools in Klosterneuburg are closed. There are 5 additional school holidays per academic year: 2 are determined by the State of Lower Austria, and 3 are set individually by the schools.
More information on education please find here:
- School holidays and national holidays in Austria
- Schools in Klosterneuburg (in German)
- Child care options and schools in Vienna (among many other things)
- Schools in Vienna
- International schools in Vienna
Financial benefits for families
Family allowance (“Familienbeihilfe”)
All persons who have their main residence in Austria are entitled to family allowance for any minor child if the child lives in the same household. Family allowance can be drawn for children up to the age of 24 if they are in professional training or studying. The amount of family allowance is determined by the age of the child. Online calculator for family allowance (in German): https://www.finanz.at/steuern/familienbeihilfe/
Family bonus plus
The family bonus plus is a tax deduction. It applies to every child living in Austria for which the parents receive Family Allowance (“Familienbeihilfe”). The amount of the family bonus plus is €1’500 per year (or €125 per month) until the 18th birthday of the child. After that, you will be entitled to a reduced family bonus plus of €500 per year if you continue to receive family allowance for this child.
Multiple child bonus
The multiple child bonus of €20 per month is payable for the third and each subsequent child. The bonus must be claimed separately for each calendar year via the annual tax declaration.
Single-earner and single-parent tax allowance
Under certain conditions, single-earners with at least one child and single-parents are entitled to the single-earner or single-parent tax allowance. It may be claimed via the annual tax declaration or via the employer (payroll).
You can find more information on further benefits and bonuses here.
Partners & Dual Career
Recruiting outstanding scientists and staff is a top priority for IST Austria. Being aware of the challenges that academic mobility poses on trailing partners, the Dual Career Advice office at IST Austria provides the following services:
Dual Career: As part of its faculty recruiting process, the Institute offers dual career support. IST Austria is a member organization of the Dual Career Service Support (DCSS) network of Vienna’s Science and Technology Fund, which offers job search information to partners of recently appointed (or prospective) professors.
In addition, the Dual Career Advice office helps to facilitate the job search and application process. It offers insights into the Austrian job market and provides personal support adjusted to individual needs, including a CV check and job application coaching.
If you are interested in the services of the Dual Career Advice office at IST or if you would like to establish initial contact with the DCSS network please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
German Courses: German is the national language of Austria and it is the working language in many Austrian companies. IST Austria offers German courses for all international scientists, staff and partners of scientists.
Work allowance for partners: For entering the Austrian job market, the respective citizenship of the job seeker is of importance. Citizens of EU/EEA countries have free access to the job market in Austria. If fulfilling certain requirements, third-country (non EU/EEA) nationals married to or partner in a civil union with IST Austria scientists with a residence permit for researchers can apply for the red-white-red card plus. IST Austria has dedicated staff offering support and advice for questions concerning visa and access to the labor market.
Co-insurance for partners and family: In Austria, both insured persons and their partners and family members are entitled to benefits. This concerns:
- spouses, registered partners and―under certain circumstances―persons in partnership
- children (children, stepchildren, foster children, grandchildren)
- up to age of 18
- up to age of 21 if not in employment
- 26 if following a course of study
Children can be included in the insurance free of charge. This also applies to spouses, registered partners and life companions in families with children. For childless couples, special rules apply and a fee is charged.
Highest quality of living in Austria’s capital
Vienna is an international and multicultural city, offering a very high standard of living. The latest study (published in 2019) of the consulting firm Mercer has shown that Vienna has the world’s highest quality of living for the 10th year running. This is the result of the global comparative study in 231 major cities. Mercer has analyzed 39 criteria, which play a central role in expatriate’s point of view, to assess the quality of life of each city. These criteria include political, social, economic and environmental aspects, as well as health and education factors.
Vienna headquarters many global companies and international organizations (such as the United Nations and its organizations the IAEO, UNHCR, UNIDO, and many more), which means there is a large, well-organized expatriate community. In addition, there are several international schools, international networks and attractive high-quality cultural offerings which is one reason why Vienna is very popular among expatriates.
Networks & Contact
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