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    Overview of the education system (EAG 2019)
  • Most young tertiary-educated adults in Austria hold either a short-cycle tertiary qualification (after a 5-year VET college programme) or a master's degree. Introduced following the Bologna process, bachelor's programmes are gaining attractiveness, although their learning and employment outcomes still lag behind those of other OECD countries.
  • Students in upper secondary vocational programmes have good opportunities to pursue tertiary education and are more likely to complete a tertiary degree than in other countries.
  • Children aged 3-5 are as likely to be enrolled in early childhood education and care as on average across OECD countries but the system relies more on teachers' aides than other countries: 34% of contact staff at pre-primary level are teachers' aides, compared to 27% on average across the OECD.
  • Austria's higher salary cost of teachers per student is driven by below-average class sizes and above-average statutory salaries at all levels of education.
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    Educational outcomes

    The proportion of 25-64 year-old men who have attained a general degree at the upper secondary or post-secondary level is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (5.7 %, rank 35/38 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The proportion of 25-64 year-old women who have attained a general degree at the upper secondary or post-secondary level is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (6.4 %, rank 33/38 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the percentage of 25-64 year-olds who attained a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the lowest among countries with available data. (3.8 %, rank 43/46 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of first-time graduates in vocational programmes at upper secondary level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (76.8 %, rank 1/32 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The average age of upper secondary graduates from general programmes in Austria is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data (17.9 Years, rank 29/38 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Attainment by gender

    In Austria, the share of 25-64 year-old men who attained a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the smallest among countries with available data. (3.1 %, rank 44/46 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The share of 25-64 year-old women who attained a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the smallest among countries with available data. (4.6 %, rank 43/46 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Attainment by field of education

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of humanities (except languages), social sciences, journalism and information is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (7.4 %, rank 21/30 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of business and administration is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (5.2 %, rank 16/16 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of information and communication technologies is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (2.9 %, rank 28/32 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (26.9 %, rank 2/32 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of health (nursing and associate health fields) is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (3.6 %, rank 12/14 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of health and welfare is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (8.7 %, rank 27/32 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Participation in education

    Among adults (25-64 years-old) with below upper secondary education, a high proportion participate in non-formal education. (31.2 %, rank 7/33 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Among adults (25-64 years-old) with tertiary education, a high participate in non-formal education. (74.9 %, rank 3/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Participation rate of 25-64 year-olds in job-related non-formal education not sponsored by the employer is high in Austria, compared to other countries with available data. (11.7 %, rank 9/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Participation rate of 25-64 year-olds in not job-related non-formal education is high in Austria, compared to other countries with available data. (20.7 %, rank 7/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The enrolment rate among 15-19 year-olds in Austria is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (78 %, rank 31/39 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria the percentage of young people expected to enter bachelor's or equivalent programmes during their lifetimes is comparatively low. (42.8 %, rank 36/40 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Graduation expectancy

    The percentage of young people expected to graduate from vocational programmes in upper secondary education during their lifetimes in Austria is comparatively high (64.7 %, rank 1/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the percentage of today's young people expected to graduate from an upper secondary general programme is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (20.2 %, rank 34/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of today's young people expected to graduate from a doctoral or equivalent programme in Austria ranks as one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (2.2 %, rank 10/39 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Austria has one of the lowest percentages of young people expected to obtain a bachelor's or an equivalent degree during their lifetime. (24.9 %, rank 32/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Excluding mobile students, Austria has one of the lowest percentages of young people expected to obtain a bachelor's or an equivalent degree during their lifetime. (20.6 %, rank 28/29 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Excluding mobile students, Austria has one of the lowest percentages of young people expected to obtain a bachelor's or an equivalent degree before the age of 30. (17.8 %, rank 25/27 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Excluding mobile students, Austria has one of the highest percentages of young people expected to complete a doctorate or an equivalent education during their lifetime. (1.5 %, rank 8/29 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Graduation by gender

    The percentage of female graduates from upper secondary general programmes is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (48.4 %, rank 40/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the share of female doctoral graduates in the field of Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics is relatively low. (38 %, rank 39/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of female graduates among post-secondary non-tertiary graduates from vocational programmes in Austria is relatively high. (74.9 %, rank 2/25 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Graduation by field of education

    The percentage of tertiary graduates in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (20.1 %, rank 5/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of tertiary graduates in the field of health and welfare is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (7.5 %, rank 38/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of doctoral graduates in the field of arts and humaties in Austria is relatively large. (14.7 %, rank 9/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of doctoral graduates in the field of business, administration and law in Austria is relatively large. (13.5 %, rank 8/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the percentage of post-secondary non-tertiary vocational graduates in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is relatively low. (0.8 %, rank 23/25 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the percentage of post-secondary non-tertiary vocational graduates in the field of services is relatively low. (0.7 %, rank 24/25 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Fields of education

    In Austria, the percentage of new entrants to tertiary education in the field of health and welfare is relatively low. (6.6 %, rank 33/35 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of female who enter tertiary education in the field of health and welfare is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (67.6 %, rank 29/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of national tertiary students enrolled in the field of health and welfare in Austria is relatively low. (7.6 %, rank 35/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the share of female among new entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics is relatively small. (38.6 %, rank 31/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the share of female among new entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of health and welfare is relatively small. (47.2 %, rank 31/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Student mobility

    Austria has one of the largest proportion of international or foreign students enrolled in tertiary education among OECD and partner countries with available data. (17.2 %, rank 6/46 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, international students from Europe are most represented among all international students, compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (83 %, rank 4/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, international students from Africa are lowest represented among all international students, compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (1.5 %, rank 37/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the proportion of new international entrants into master's long first degreee (LFD) programmes is relatively high. (19.8 %, rank 6/20 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Student mobility by field of education

    The percentage of international tertiary students enrolled in the field of arts and humanities in Austria is relatively high. (14.7 %, rank 10/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of international tertiary students enrolled in the field of social sciences, journalism and information in Austria is relatively high. (20.2 %, rank 2/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of international tertiary students enrolled in the field of business, administration and law in Austria is relatively low. (16.4 %, rank 27/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of international tertairy students enrolled in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics in Austria is relatively high. (10.5 %, rank 9/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Organisation of the education system

    The total compulsory instruction time for primary students in Austria is one of the shortest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (2820 Hours, rank 32/36 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The theoretical duration of primary and lower secondary education, in years, is one of the shortest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (8 Years, rank 34/38 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Expenditure per student

    Annual expenditure per tertiary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (18332 USD Equivalent, rank 9/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per student from primary to tertiary level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (15806 USD Equivalent, rank 3/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per pupil at the pre-primary level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (10028 USD Equivalent, rank 8/31 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per primary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12299 USD Equivalent, rank 3/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per secondary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (16313 USD Equivalent, rank 2/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per student in post-secondary non-tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (5436 USD Equivalent, rank 14/19 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per student for core and ancillary services, from primary to below-tertiary institutions is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (14679 USD Equivalent, rank 2/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per tertiary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (13596 USD Equivalent, rank 6/32 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the total expenditure on educational institutions per full-time equivalent student in primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary, is relatively high. (14679 USD Equivalent, rank 2/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Expenditure in education and national wealth

    In Austria, expenditure on primary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is comparatively low. (0.9 %, rank 30/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Austria, expenditure on tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is comparatively high. (1.8 %, rank 7/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Austria, private expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively low. (0.1 %, rank 30/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Austria, private expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on primary to tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively low. (0.3 %, rank 29/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Public and private expenditure in education

    The share of private expenditure on all levels below tertiary education is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (4.6 %, rank 25/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of private expenditure on tertiary education is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (6.4 %, rank 32/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Austria has one of the smallest shares of private expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (5.2 %, rank 30/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Austria, total public expenditure on primary educational institutions as a percentage of total public expenditure is comparatively low. (1.8 %, rank 36/38 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of public expenditure on educational institutions, for tertiary education is comparatively large . (93.6 %, rank 1/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the share of public expenditure on educational institutions, for primary to tertiary education is comparatively large . (94.8 %, rank 4/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Total public expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure, for primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education is relatively low in Austria compared to OECD and partner countries with available data. (6.2 %, rank 32/39 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Tuition fees

    The estimated average annual tuition fee for national students in government dependent private institutions for a master's or equivalent level education is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (921 USD Equivalent, rank 4/8 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The estimated average annual tuition fee for national students in government-dependent private institutions for a bachelor's or equivalent level education is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (921 USD Equivalent, rank 6/9 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The estimated average annual tuitions fees charged by public institutions, for foreign students in bachelor's or equivalent level in Austria is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1841 USD Equivalent, rank 5/6 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The estimated average annual tuitions fees charged by public institutions, for foreign students in master's or equivalent level in Austria is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1841 USD Equivalent, rank 4/5 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The estimated average annual tuitions fees charged by government dependent private institutions, for foreign students in master's or equivalent level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1841 USD Equivalent, rank 4/4 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The estimated average annual tuitions fees charged by government dependent private institutions, for foreign students in bachelor's or equivalent level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1841 USD Equivalent, rank 4/4 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the percentage of students who do not benefit from public/government-guaranteed private loans or public scholarships/grants is comparatively high. (85 %, rank 2/14 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Ratio of student to teaching staff

    The number of students per teacher in tertiary institutions is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (14 Ratio, rank 21/30 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The number of students per teacher in primary schools is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner countries with available data. (11.3 Ratio, rank 36/41 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of students to teaching staff at the lower secondary level is especially low. (8.6 Ratio, rank 34/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The number of students per teacher in secondary schools is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (9.2 Ratio, rank 37/38 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of students to teaching staff in short-cycle tertiary programmes is comparatively low in Austria. (8.1 Ratio, rank 17/18 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of students to teaching staff in post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively low in Austria. (11.9 Ratio, rank 12/15 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Who the teachers are

    The percentage of primary teachers aged between 30 and 49 is especially low. (45.9 %, rank 33/35 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of lower secondary teachers aged between 30 and 49 is especially low. (40.5 %, rank 33/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of primary to upper secondary teachers aged between 30 and 49 is especially low. (44 %, rank 32/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of primary to upper secondary teachers older than 50 is especially high. (44.8 %, rank 6/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Teachers' salaries

    After 15 years of experience, a lower secondary teacher with minimum qualification can expect to have one of the highest salaries among OECD and partner countries with available data. (54406 USD Equivalent, rank 9/33 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The average actual lower secondary teacher's salary among teachers aged between 25-64 is one of the highest per hour of net teaching time among OECD and partner countries with available data. (67894 USD Equivalent, rank 3/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    After 15 years of experience, a lower secondary teacher with typical qualification can expect to have one of the highest salaries among OECD and partner countries with available data. (54406 USD Equivalent, rank 10/33 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The salaries of 25-34 year-old general lower-secondary teachers relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Austria. (0.83 Ratio, rank 17/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The salaries of 35-44 year-old general lower-secondary teachers relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Austria. (0.75 Ratio, rank 17/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The average actual salaries of 25-34 year-old lower-secondary teachers is one of the highest in Austria relatively compared to OECD and partner countries with available data. (46201 USD Equivalent, rank 5/23 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The average actual salaries of 55-64 year-old lower-secondary teachers is one of the highest in Austria. (83167 USD Equivalent, rank 1/23 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Teachers' salaries progression

    The salary progression from the start to the top of the salary scale for a lower secondary school teacher is among the most rewarding among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1.92 Ratio, rank 9/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Starting salaries for teachers with minimum training in primary education are especially high. (42702 USD Equivalent, rank 6/37 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Salaries of primary school teachers with minimum training at the top of scale are especially high. (76160 USD Equivalent, rank 5/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Starting salaries for lower secondary teachers with minimum training are especially high. (42277 USD Equivalent, rank 8/37 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Salaries of lower secondary teachers with minimum training after 10 years of experience are especially high. (48872 USD Equivalent, rank 10/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    It takes lower secondary teachers longer to progress through the salary scale in Austria compared to other OECD and partner countries. (34 Years, rank 7/25 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Principals' salaries

    Lower-secondary school heads' salaries relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Austria. (1.15 Ratio, rank 14/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The average lower secondary school heads' actual salary is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (89618 USD Equivalent, rank 4/23 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Unemployment and educational attainment

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a short-cycle tertiary education degree is one the lowest of all OECD countries and partner economies for which data are available. (2.5 %, rank 26/31 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The inactivity rate of 25-34 years-old adults with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low in Austria. (10.6 %, rank 39/42 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Earnings and educational attainment

    The proportion of male full-time earners among all earners aged 35 to 44 without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (43.5 %, rank 26/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of female full-time earners among all earners aged 35 to 44 without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (18.2 %, rank 26/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of male full-time earners among all earners aged 55 to 64 without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (32.4 %, rank 24/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of female full-time earners among all earners aged 55 to 64 without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (7.8 %, rank 27/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of female full-time earners among all earners aged 35 to 44 with upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively low. (24.9 %, rank 28/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of female full-time earners among all earners aged 55 to 64 with upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively low. (15.9 %, rank 24/27 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of female full-time earners among all earners aged 35 to 44 with tertiary education is comparatively low. (31.3 %, rank 28/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The earnings of adults without an upper secondary education are relatively low compared to those of adults with an upper secondary or a post-secondary non-tertiary education. (67 Index, rank 34/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of women as a percentage of men's earnings (among 25-64 year-olds with upper secondary education and income from employment) are one of the highest among countries with available data. (82.2 %, rank 7/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of women as a percentage of men's earnings (25-64 year-olds with income from employment) are one of the lowest among countries with available data. (79.8 %, rank 28/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Compared with other OECD and partner countries, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old adults with a bachelor's or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (105 Index, rank 34/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The gap in average earnings between 25-64 year-old women with a bachelor's or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (115 Index, rank 31/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Austria, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old men with a bachelor's or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (107 Index, rank 34/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full- and part-time workers with a Bachelor's or equivalent education are comparatively low. (93 Index, rank 33/33 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings by field of education

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of arts and humanities, social sciences, journalism and information are high, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Austria. (72.8 %, rank 10/14 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of business, administration and law are low, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Austria. (105.2 %, rank 13/15 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics are high, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Austria. (111.4 %, rank 4/14 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction are high, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Austria. (113.5 %, rank 10/15 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Neither in education nor employed

    The percentage of 20-24 years-old women neither employed nor in education or training is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (11.2 %, rank 35/40 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Migrant background

    The employment rate of foreign-born aged between 25 and 64 and without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (51.6 %, rank 23/27 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Earnings of foreign-born aged between 25 and 64 who work full- and part-time with tertiary education are low compared to those of native-born with the same characteristics. (73 Index, rank 19/21 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of foreign-born aged between 25 and 64 who work full-time full-year with tertiary education are low compared to those of native-born with the same characteristics. (82 Index, rank 15/19 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of foreign-born aged between 25 and 64 who work full- and part-time workers with upper secondary or post-secondary non tertiary education are low compared to those of native-born with the same characteristics. (72 Index, rank 18/21 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of foreign-born aged between 25 and 64 who work full-time full-year with upper secondary or post-secondary non tertiary education are low compared to those of native-born with the same characteristics. (77 Index, rank 14/19 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of foreign-born aged between 15 and 29 who are neither employed nor in education and training is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (23.9 %, rank 7/29 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The percentage of native-born 15-29 year-olds neither employed nor in education and training is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (7.7 %, rank 25/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Social outcomes

    Among employed adults (25-64 years-old) with tertiary education, a small share have difficulties to fulfill their family responsabilities because of their jobs, compared to other countries with available data. (42.2 %, rank 27/32 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The proportion of employed adults (25-64 years-old) with tertiary education who have concentration difficulties at work because of family responsabilities is low in Austria. (21.8 %, rank 28/32 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Weekly working hours among employed 25-64 year-olds with below upper secondary education are short in Austria compared to other OECD countries. (35.1 Hours/week, rank 23/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Weekly working hours among employed 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education are long in Austria compared to other OECD countries. (40.2 Hours/week, rank 10/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among employed 25-64 year-olds with below upper secondary education, a large share have high flexibility of working hours. (29.5 %, rank 6/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among employed 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education, a large share have high flexibility of working hours. (49.4 %, rank 2/28 , 2015) Download Indicator


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    • In 2018, 44% of 25-34 year-olds held a tertiary degree, compared to 35% in 2008, on average across OECD countries.
    • Tertiary-educated adults also reap higher earnings, although this varies by field of study. Their advantage increases with age too: 25-34 year-olds with tertiary education earn 38% more than their peers with upper secondary education while 45-54 year-olds earn 70% more.
    • While engineering, manufacturing and construction, and information and communication technologies are two fields most commonly associated with the best labour market outcomes, only 14% of graduates earned a degree in the former and 4% earned a degree in the latter in 2017.
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    • Although graduation from upper secondary education increased by 6 percentage points between 2005 and 2017, 15% of 25-34 year-olds did not attain upper secondary education in 2018, on average across OECD countries.
    • In some countries, vocational programmes are prominent at the upper secondary level. On average across OECD countries, 40% of first-time upper secondary graduates earned a vocational qualification in 2017; in Austria, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia, more than 66% of this population did.
    • At the lower secondary level, the average class shrank by 6% while teachers’ statutory salaries increased by 8% between 2005 and 2017, on average across OECD countries.
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    • In 2017, more than one in three children under the age of three were enrolled in early childhood education and care services, on average across OECD countries - an increase of 7 percentage points compared to 2010.
    • Between the age of 3 to 5, on average across OECD countries, 87% of children are enrolled in pre-primary and primary education.
    • Annual expenditure per child in early childhood development programmes was greater than in pre-primary education in 2016 on average across OECD countries. However, as a share of GDP, expenditure on early childhood development is lower.
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    • In 2016, expenditure per tertiary student amounted to USD 15 556, approximately one-third of which was devoted to research and development.
    • Private sources financed more than 30% of the expenditure, on average, at the tertiary level compared to 10% at primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary level.
    • OECD countries spent an average of 3.5% of GDP on primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary institutions in 2016, and public expenditure at this level increased by 18% since 2005.
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    • About 10% of primary and secondary teachers are under the age of 30, on average across OECD countries.
    • While the teaching profession is dominated by women, the share of female teachers decreases with the level of education taught: almost all teachers at the pre-primary level are women, however they make up less than half of the teaching force at tertiary level.
    • Salaries tend to increase with the level of education taught, but teachers' earnings remain between 78% and 93% of the earnings of other tertiary-educated adults.
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    Note: These values should be interpreted with care since they are influenced by countries' specific contexts and trade-offs. In education, there is often no simple most- or least-efficient model. For instance, the share of private expenditure in education must be read against other measures designed to mitigate inequities, such as loans and grants; longer learning time is an opportunity to convey more and better content to students, but may hinder investments in other important areas. If you want further information on the nature of different variables, please take the time to read the analysis and contextual information, available at the website for each publication.
    All rankings for individual variables are compiled on the basis of OECD and G20 countries for which data are available. The OECD average includes only OECD countries which are listed here: http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/

    *TALIS averages are based on all countries participating in the TALIS survey, including partner countries and economies. This explains the difference between the OECD average and the TALIS average. Data from the TALIS survey and Education at a Glance (EAG) may differ. See Annex E of the TALIS technical report and Annex 3 of EAG 2019 for more details about the data collections.

    For additional notes, please refer to annexes in the list of links below the introductory country profile text.