The shortage of labour is one of the greatest current challenges for many companies in industrialised countries. Difficulties in recruiting and, as a result, retaining workers in the long term are increasingly affecting all sectors and qualification levels - and voestalpine Rail Technology GmbH is no exception. Work areas with low qualification requirements or semi-skilled jobs are particularly affected - in the case of voestalpine Rail Technology GmbH, for example, these are work areas that deal with the handling of rail products and are characterised by shift work, outdoor work in all weather conditions, physical exertion and risk of injury. In response to the increasing labour shortage and in anticipation of future production bottlenecks resulting from it, the company is now increasingly trying to approach, recruit and integrate workers with a migration background into the company - especially also from non-traditional regions of origin as well as asylum seekers. Initial experience has shown that the long-term integration and retention of these workers poses specific challenges; moreover, problems of acceptance and cooperation have arisen in the cooperation with the core workforce, the reduction of which would be conducive to the fulfilment of the company's goals. Another role is played by the rural structured environment of the Leoben-Donawitz region, which brings restrictions and challenges for newcomers.


Duration 15/08/2023 - 15/04/2024
Funding Unternehmen

Department for Migration and Globalisation

Center for Migration and Globalisation Research

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Mag. Friedrich Altenburg, MSc
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