In Austria, minimum salary and wage rates are set by collective agreements. The rates vary according to the employee’s job function and seniority. A recent court decision means that, from early 2014, relevant work experience is also a relevant factor in setting salary rates and employers may only disregard it in certain circumstances.

If a new employee’s CV shows relevant working experience in the employer’s field of business and this was discussed in the job interview, then the employer must ask the new recruit to verify the relevant working experience in order to obtain “prior service credits”. If, having been asked for verification of experience  the employee fails to do provide this within the period stated in the collective agreement, the employee will then be unable to challenge a rate of pay on the basis it does not reflect his or her experience.