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City of Vienna workers to enjoy free public transport from May

City of Vienna workers to enjoy free public transport from May

The Austrian capital’s municipality is one of the largest employers in the country

Working for the City of Vienna became even more attractive after the municipality announced that it would pay the annual public transport pass on Wiener Linien for all its employees starting in May.

The initiative is called “Jobticket” and will be available as a benefit to the municipal workers following other recent agreements between the union representing them and the City Hall, such as a 9.15% salary increase and a rise in child allowances.

The Jobticket is part of our strategy to create attractive incentives for existing and new employees. We want to use it to further increase the city's position as an attractive employer - especially because we will need to fill many important positions in the next few years!“ emphasizes Human Resources Councilor Jürgen Czernohorszky.

The Vienna Jobticket makes public transport more attractive, too

The City of Vienna is one of the largest employers in all of Austria, thus the announced benefit is meant to reverberate positively in the capital’s community.

In order to enable availability as quickly as possible, the city has opted for the reimbursement route – one of the two options available from Wiener Linien to employers. Employees will receive the cost of the annual ticket refunded after a corresponding application and proof of purchase of an annual ticket, owners of existing annual tickets will be reimbursed for the remaining term. “Climate Ticket” customers will have their corresponding Vienna share refunded.

Users will be thus able to use their “Jobticket” for private trips and not only those aimed for work commutes.

The costs for the Jobticket this year will amount to around 23 million euros for the City of Vienna. However, according to Councilor Jürgen Czernohorszky, this investment is worth it because it shows appreciation for the employees, but it will also benefit immensely the local climate.



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