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Factsheet for measure AT-2013-1/2720 Updated – measures in Austria

OPE Benefit

Beihilfe für Ein-Personen-Unternehmen (EPU)

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 January 2013
Context Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 07 November 2022)

Background information

The instrument is eligible for one-person-enterprises (OPEs). The goal is to increase labour force participation and reduce unemployment. It is funded by the national government and the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS). The WKO provides information on this instrument. The instrument is available for OPEs in Vienna open ended, until the funding volume is exhausted.

Content of measure

The OPE benefit supports one-person enterprises with a funding of 25% of the gross wage of the first employee for a period of one year. In order to qualify for the funding, the employee must either have been unemployed for at least two weeks or just have finished education. Furthermore, the extent of employment must be at least 50% of the statutory or collective contract weekly hours and the employment relationship has to least two months. The funding can be applied at the regional job center office no later than six weeks of the start of the employment contract. It cannot extend one year and family members, relatives and apprentices are not eligible to benefit from the programme.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

06 August 2021

The instrument is available for OPEs in Vienna open ended, until the funding volume is exhausted.

Use of measure

In 2018, around 900 people received funding, with an average duration of 304 days and average costs of €2,300 per person. Accordingly, the total costs of the instrument were €2.1 million. In 2019 and 2020 the total payment amount was €4.5 and €4.7 million. In 2021 and 2022 €5.6 and €1.9 million.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions




Eurofound (2022), OPE Benefit, measure AT-2013-1/2720 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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