Is part-time for 20 hours per week

Part-time hours per week - how much is allowed?

You are looking for a new part-time job and are swiping your way through the hokify app. But what about the legal provisions for this type of employment? Here you can find out everything you need to know about your part-time employment - briefly and clearly.

1. Number of hours

Full-time employees in Austria work between 38.5 and 40 hours per week, depending on the respective collective agreement. Part-time employment is when your agreed weekly working hours are lower on average. According to the labor market statistics, part-time employees worked around 20.7 hours a week in 2016. If you or your employer want to change the number of hours you have specified, this must be done in writing and with mutual consent. Incidentally, around one in three employees worked part-time in 2018.

2. More hours

Overtime is the additional working time that lies between your agreed part-time and the normal working hours of the Working Hours Act. For the payment of the overtime hours, a statutory surcharge of 25 percent of the normal hourly wages applies. The overtime hours can also be canceled by a time adjustment - for example, you work your regular 20 hours plus 2 additional hours of overtime in the first week of the month and work 2 hours less in the following week, i.e. 18 instead of 20 hours. If you have compelling reasons that prevent you from working extra hours, then you don't have to work either. However, your reasons must outweigh the interests of the company, which you should represent in the extra hours. Attention: Overtime is not overtime, you can read more about it here. (1)

3. Special Payments

In your company you must not be disadvantaged compared to full-time employees, which means that you are also entitled to special payments for full-time employees specified in the collective agreement as a part-time employee. Such special payments include, for example, the 13th and 14th salary, vacation pay and Christmas bonus. The special payments voluntarily made by the company to full-time employees may also not be withheld from you. In both cases, the amount to be paid will be reduced in line with the hours you have worked.

4. Illness

If you are sick in bed and therefore cannot appear at work, then you are still entitled to your regular pay for this failed working day. You can also take paid time off work if you can prove that your doctor only ordains during your working hours. Please inform your employer early enough that you cannot come to work for health reasons. Here you can find out everything you need to know about sick leave.

5. Holidays

If one of your contractually agreed working days falls on a public holiday, you will also receive your regular salary for this failed day, the so-called holiday pay. Caution December 24th and 31st are not public holidays.

6. Insurance coverage

Minor employment is a good way of earning a little money while studying or studying. If you work in such a relationship, you will also count among the part-time employees, whereby your earnings are below the so-called marginal earnings limit of 446.81 euros / month (2019). This means that you are only insured against accidents by your employer.

If your earnings are above the marginal earnings threshold, you will be compulsorily insured by your employer in health, pension, accident and unemployment insurance. Here we have put it together again clearly for you.

7. Several part-time jobs

In principle, you can also enter into several employment relationships on a part-time basis, as long as the legally permissible weekly working time of 40 hours is not exceeded. Please note that this changes the basis for calculating your income tax and social security contribution

The hokify part-time job checklist

  • Number of hours
  • More hours
  • Special payments
  • illness
  • public holidays
  • Insurance coverage
  • Several part-time jobs

Here you can find current part-time jobs on hokify