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Workplace Stragegy for Upper Austria

The future of the Upper Austrian labour market

The skilled worker strategy for Upper Austria

The “Workplace Upper Austria 2030” strategy is part of a broader national and regional system. In the frame of Upper Vision 2030, Upper Austria’s active labour market policy is linked with the new economic & research policy priorities in order to ensure needs-based and future-oriented qualifications. Finding an optimal balance between labour market policy and vocational education in Upper Austria is therefore essential.

The following products of the strategy process are available for strategic control:

  • a summary document analysing the current situation and trends for the Upper Austrian labour market
  • analysis of the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the Upper Austrian labour market, and their relationship in a SWOT matrix
  • strategic scenario of Workplace Upper Austria 2030: a strategy document that outlines possible key features, core characteristics of the future labour market and relevant fields of action
  • annual monitoring as an important tool in strategic control, as certain metrics derived from monitoring shed light on the development of the intervention and highlight the need for controlling interventions

The vision is a labour market in which all groups of people are highly involved in working life (full employment) and where the professionals required by the Upper Austrian economy are available.

To achieve this vision, overarching strategic goals have been put in place. They are oriented around three key issues which are crucial for securing specialists:

  1. Needs-based qualification
  2. Activation for a high labour force participation
  3. Recruitment and retention of skilled labour

In order to reach these strategic goals, certain groups of people are often of particular importance in the labour market and therefore have to be explicitly considered in the strategy using an appropriate focus.

Needs-based qualification of the potential labour force – in light of technological progress and digitisation

Available and in-demand qualifications in the labour market are optimally balanced and the education and training system in Upper Austria qualifies individuals as needed

Specific goals include

  • Reducing the proportion of people who only have compulsory schooling;
    because education above and beyond compulsory education is the basic prerequisite for becoming a skilled worker.
  • Securing large numbers of people with an apprenticeship, especially for occupations with a shortage of qualified individuals;
    because the dual system provides practical training that can tackle a significant part of the skills shortage.
  • Increasing the proportion of people with technical training at secondary and tertiary level;
    because the shortage of skilled labour, especially in technical fields, is damaging and is becoming worse.
  • Increasing the participation in, and the extent of, further education;
    because technological advances increase the importance of further education and because primary vocational training is only the first foundation for a career as a part of the skilled labour force.
  • The improvement of digital skills;
    because they are the prerequisites for participation in a digital labour market.

Activation of the available potential labour force

The potential employable labour force in Upper Austria is utilised as best as possible – a high participation rate among Upper Austrians is vital

Specific goals include

  • The increase in the labour force participation of all groups and the activation of the “hidden reserve”;
    because the potential labour force has to be utilised as best as best possible.
    • In particular, it is important to align women's labour force participation and employment levels more closely with men's values
    • To drive labour force participation among people with a migration background and people over 50/55 years to meet the general level
    • To minimise the NEET rate among young people (NEET: Not in education, employment or training)
    • To improve the labour market participation of people with health restrictions
  • Low (long-term) unemployment;
    because job seekers should be brought back into employment as soon as possible.
    • One of the most important goals here is to achieve the lowest possible rates of unemployment among the most affected groups of people, i.e. people with a migrant background, the elderly and people with health restrictions

The recruitment and retention of skilled labour force

Ensuring stability or slight growth in the employable population of Upper Austria.

Specific goals include

  • Sufficient, qualified immigration from abroad (for training purposes too);
    because the demand for qualified skilled labour, especially in certain sectors, cannot be met solely by domestic supply.
  • Sufficient immigration from other regions of Austria (also for training purposes);
    because in some cases, the skilled labour that is needed in Upper Austria is available in the other federal states.
  • A sufficient number of qualified commuters from adjacent regions or a suitable balance of commuters;
    because this way workers can be recruited without needing to relocate.
  • The retention of skilled labour in Upper Austria or a low emigration of well-qualified and highly qualified people from Upper Austria or their retrieval (including students);
    because Upper Austria has attractive jobs for its skilled labour force, and the corresponding need for immigration is lower