Factsheet for case AT-2020-10/790 – measures in Austria
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 01 March 2020 – 23 April 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Case created||25 April 2020 (updated 10 July 2020)|
The public health measures taken as a response to the spread of the corona virus, have forced several thousands of companies in Styria to resort to telework. It is important to take flexible paths - from management to production and working methods to sales and communication internally and externally. The goal of this initivie is to maintain operations, secure jobs - and at the same time protect the health of customers and employees. For this reason, the regional government of Styria (Land Steiermark, with its support service provider SFG) and the Chamber of Labour in the region of Styria (AK Steiermark) started their promotion campaign 'Teleworking! Offensive' retrospectively from 1 March 2020.
The campaign supports the set up of temporary teleworking places financially. These are investments in information and communication technology for workplaces outside the company location. This includes some hardware and software, the initial start-up and licenses.
For the incurred expenses, 50% from the regional state, and another 30% from AK Steiermark can be received as non repayable grants. Alternatively, the rent or lease of equipment is supported by covering down payments or costs for a maximum of five months.
Costs for the ongoing operation of internet access, telephone, electricity etc., but also office and business equipment, such as furniture etc. are not covered.
The maximum eligible costs are €50,000 per company and €5,000 per teleworker (on average). The grant volume must be between €1,000 and €40,000. In total, funds for supporting 2,300 teleworking jobs have been set up.
Eligible are employers in Styria which are classified as SMEs. Excluded are one-person microenterprises, tourism and leisure businesses, nonprofit organisations, healthcare companies and people outside the SFG target group.
Between 1 April 2020 and 15 April 2020, 550 applications were received. On 22 April, over 1,000 applications were registered.
On 23 April, the funds were used and applications for the subsidy no longer possible.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||No involvement|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Styrian Chamber of Labour was involved in the design of the measure and funds 30%.
Views on the measure are positive.
Eurofound (2020), SME subsidy for teleworking: Region of Styria and Chamber of Labour, case AT-2020-10/790 (measures in Austria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.