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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-18/1396 – measures in Austria

Corona bonus in several industrial sectors

150€ Corona-Bonus in mehreren Industriebranchen

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 May 2020 – 31 October 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Bipartite collective agreements
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 04 November 2020 (updated 04 May 2021)

Background information

As in many European countries, during the first lockdown in Austria in spring 2020, employers and employees were asked by the federal government to resort to home office if and where possible, in order to keep physical contacts at a minimum. While this was feasible for many office workers, this was far less possible for industrial workers who had to continue to go to their work places, putting them at a higher risk of catching COVID-19.

Content of measure

In order to compensate for their increased burden and outstanding commitment during those times, in many industrial sectors, a Corona-bonus of €150 was negotiated in this spring's annual collective bargaining rounds, e.g. in the electrical and electronics industry, in the chemical industry, and in the shoe and textile industries:

  • In all these sectors, a wage increase of 1.6% (collectively agreed minimum wages, actual wages and apprenticeship compensation) was agreed.
  • In the wood processing and sawmill industries, a Corona-bonus of €130 was agreed upon, as well as regular wage increases (actual, minimum, apprentices) of 1.6%.
  • In the leather and suitcase industry, increases of 1.45% and the recommendation of a Corona-bonus of €100 were agreed upon by the sectoral social partners.
  • In the paper industry, a higher Corona-bonus of €460 (with an option to increase it to €760 as recommended by the CA partners) and €340 for apprentices was negotiated, also with 1.6% regular increases.
  • In the pattern-setting metal industry bargaining rounds in autumn 2020, a recommendation to pay a Corona-bonus of €150 was given and an increase of 1.45% (minimum and actual wages, apprenticeship compensation) was negotiated.

Most of the collective agreements foresee the payment of the Corona-bonus by the end of September 2020 (the wood processing industry by 31 October 2020).

Use of measure

Around 120,000 employees work in those industrial sectors which conducted their annual bargaining rounds in spring.


  • Bonuses
  • Pay increases

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Employers' organisations

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


The specific sectoral social partners negotiated the annual collective bargaining rounds, as requested by their institutional setting.

Views and reactions

The social partners are supportive.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C13 Manufacture of textiles
      C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel
      C15 Manufacture of leather and related products
      C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
      C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products
      C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
      C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
      C27 Manufacture of electrical equipment

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 23 October 2020: Database of collective agreements Austria


Eurofound (2020), Corona bonus in several industrial sectors, measure AT-2020-18/1396 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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