Developments in the field of wage dumping (Research, 2013-2014)

This research builds on the results of a study from 2012 on the impact of labor market liberalization and on employment patterns and wage dumping. Today, the end of the transitional arrangements for workers from Romania and Bulgaria by 1.1.2014 is the reason to take a renewed look at recent developments. We will focus on those regions and sectors, for which specific distorsions could be monitored so far, particularly the border regions in eastern Austria (Burgenland, Lower Austria, Vienna) as well as the construction and catering industries.

The objective was to provide current and empirically proven evidence, that allow a profound discussion of the issue of wage dumping and to politically argue and develop possible countermeasures. As to the methods, the study was based on:

  1. Interviews with experts from different institutions on their labor market observations since early 2012
  2. Research and preparation of cases of wage and social dumping
  3. Analysis of the evolution of postings to Austria, especially from EU-8 and EU-2 nationals

Team: Andreas Riesenfelder, Petra Wetzel

External Team: Susanne Schmatz

Project: Wage and social dumping

Client: Chamber of Labour Vienna

Status: finished

Other projects:

Wage and Social Dumping in Austria After 10 Years of the Open Labour Market (, 2020-2021)
Postings and transfers to Austria, wage dumping. A study focusing on the construction sector. (Research, 2018-2019)
Posting of Workers, wage dumping: quantitative and qualitative developments in Austria (Research, 2016-2017)
Monitoring of the opening of the labour market - Effects on forms of employment and wage dumping (Research, 2011-2012)
Wage and social dumping through cross-border provision and deployment of temporary workers to Austria (focus: field of construction) (Research, 2010-2011)