Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

3,800 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
14 September 2016
Employment effect (start)
14 September 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2020


The Austrian Armed Forces (Österreichisches Bundesheer) is to increase the number of staff by at least 3,800 by2020. Recently, the Austrian Bundesheer has been facing a cut down of 9% in staff between 2009 and 2014, according to a report from the Austrian Court of Auditors shows.

The responsible Federal Ministry for National Defence and Sport (BMLVS) argues that new challenges caused by terrorism and migration made investments necessary. Until 2020 the ministry plans to hire 3,800 career soldiers, both male and female (Berufssoldat und -soldatinnen). Additionally, 1,200 to 1,400 people will be required to make up for retirements. The Bundeheer has also emphasised efforts to make military services more attractive for women, as currently only 3% of staff are female. Complementary, €1.7 billion will be invested in infrastructure and equipment.


  • 14 September 2016: OÖ Nachrichten
  • 14 September 2016: orf online
  • 25 October 2016: ORF Tirol online


Eurofound (2016), Österreichisches Bundesheer, Business expansion in Austria, factsheet number 89026, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89026.