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Skilled Culinary Workers

Skilled Culinary Workers

Austria’s culinary landscape, known for its rich flavors and innovative dishes, is at a crossroads. The demand for skilled culinary workers is soaring, yet local talent pools are becoming increasingly insufficient to meet this need. This gap presents a unique challenge for Austrian employers in the hospitality and gastronomy sectors, who strive to maintain high standards of quality and creativity in their offerings.

Bixter.Work connects Austrian employers with highly skilled non-EU culinary talents: English speaking kitchen assistants, cooks and kitchen chefs with completed formal higher education and proven relevant work experience. This innovative solution offers a lifeline to businesses struggling to find qualified staff, opening a world of opportunity for employers and international culinary professionals.

Our international skilled workers are coming from:

  • Asian countries (Philippines, India, Indonesia, etc.)
  • African countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, etc)
  • Latin American countries (Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru etc)


At Bixter.Work, our mission is to connect Austria’s culinary establishments with the international skilled cooking professionals. We carefully select candidates who have at least a year of direct work experience in culinary arts, from various regions including Europe, the USA, and their home countries, and completed higher education in culinary. This background ensures they are well-versed in the exceptional standards of quality and creativity that define Austria’s culinary excellence.

  • Our candidates are more than just skilled workers; they’re educated professionals with degrees or diplomas in Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Restaurant management, and more, from their home countries. This blend of practical experience and theoretical knowledge makes them a perfect fit for any team.
  • Communication is key in any kitchen, which is why we prioritize candidates with good spoken English skills. This focus helps ensure that your international team members can seamlessly blend into your kitchen, enhancing teamwork and productivity.
  • Work draws in eager, young talent ready to embark on a culinary career in Austria. These dedicated individuals are all in, ready to cover their visa and travel costs for the chance to learn, grow, and contribute to your business success. Their commitment and fresh perspectives are the secret ingredients to keeping your offerings exciting and innovative.
  • Our candidates arrive with a comprehensive understanding of everything from ingredient preparation to presentation, possessing the technical skills necessary for operating kitchen equipment efficiently. Their proficiency ensures they can meet the specific requirements of your kitchen, guaranteeing top-notch quality and productivity in every dish prepared.
  • We understand the value of reliable, long-term team members. That’s why Bixter.Work focuses on securing stable candidates with work and residence permits specifically for your business in Austria, offering from 3 years of stability with the option for visa extensions.
  • Choosing Bixter.Work is choosing a partner committed to your business success. Our continuous support and customer service ensure a smooth, rewarding collaboration with your international hires, taking every step from recruitment to integration.

We handle the task of locating the perfect candidate for your business needs, ensuring they have a strong foundation in both theory and practice, the right work ethic, and proficient English language skills.

At Bixter.Work, we take care of evaluating your workplace needs and the qualifications of international candidates to figure out the right type of visa they’ll need. Workers from outside the EU can come to Austria with a specific work and residence permit that’s linked to a particular job. Because there are different types of visas, and matching a candidate’s qualifications with Austrian standards can be complicated, not to mention the paperwork for the visa application, hiring an international worker can seem daunting. But don’t worry—Bixter.Work handles everything from start to finish. We make sure the process is precise and smooth, so you can easily benefit from hiring international professionals.

Individuals from countries outside the EU must obtain a visa to be employed in Austria. The duration of visa processing for such applicants in Austria can vary, influenced by factors like the specific circumstances of the applicant and the workload at the Austrian embassy or consulate reviewing the application. Generally, employers can anticipate that their international employee will begin work approximately 2.5 to 3 months after the work contract with the future employee has been signed.

It’s also crucial to understand that non-EU workers are not permitted to commence their employment until they’ve obtained the appropriate work and residence permits for your location.

Therefore, it’s essential for businesses to proactively consider this waiting period in their recruitment strategy. By realistically accounting for the time required for visa processing, companies can ensure the smooth arrival of skilled workers, avoiding any disruptions and adhering to legal requirements.

In Austria, according to the legislation, the standard working hours per week are set at a maximum of 40 hours. The Austrian Working Time Act governs the duration of work time, stipulating that an employee’s regular working time should not exceed 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. However, with collective agreements or individual agreements under certain conditions, working hours can be extended to a maximum of 12 hours per day and 60 hours per week, provided that the average working time over a reference period (usually 17 weeks) does not exceed 48 hours per week. It’s important for employers and employees to adhere to these regulations and to be aware of any specific provisions that might apply to their particular sector or as agreed upon in their employment contracts.

In order to host Non-EU employees, adequate living conditions need to be provided by employers for a monthly rent. The rent needs to be affordable for the employees, as they will be paying it from their monthly salary.

Here is a list of requirements that need to be fulfilled:

  • Single room (in rare cases interns can be placed together in one room)
  • Furnished room with a sleeping bed, closet, chair, table, appropriate lighting
  • Toilet and shower facilities
  • Access to cooking facilities and a fridge
  • Access to washing machine
  • The living facilities should respect the safety regulations
  • The accommodation should be located close to the internship place(in case no car is provided)
  • Global sourcing: Our global agents are actively engaged in finding experienced, educated, and motivated employees. They tap into a wide range of sectors to locate individuals who not only meet the required qualifications but are also keen on contributing to your business’s growth.
  • Partnership network: We’ve built a robust Partnership Network that spans over 30 countries, encompassing companies, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and organizations. This network is a rich source of talented candidates, ensuring we have access to a diverse pool of individuals suited to various business needs.
  • Expanding global network: Our global network is ever-expanding, allowing us to continually enhance our candidate selection. This growth ensures that we have a dynamic and varied database from which we can match candidates specifically tailored to the requirements of your business.
  • Digital presence: Our strong digital footprint across websites and social media platforms enables candidates to reach out to us directly. This accessibility increases our visibility among potential candidates, ensuring a steady flow of interested professionals.
  • Word-of-mouth recommendations: Our candidates often recommend Bixter to their peers, further enriching our candidate pool with motivated individuals looking to advance their careers in European countries.

Recognizing the complexities of recruiting and onboarding international employees, our professional team offers assistance at every step. From completing visa applications and making travel arrangements to sharing vital information about registration procedures and visa validation, we ensure a smooth transition for employees moving to Austria.

  • Bixter collects databases of interns, who have solid recommendations from their on-job training in Europe.
  • Bixter collaborates closely with its global agents to carefully review and interview prospective experienced employees, ensuring they meet the qualifications required for the program.
  • As a reliable partner, Bixter provides detailed guidance on the visas and its regulations, ensuring that host employers and international employees have a smooth and successful experience.
  • We take care of the visa paperwork for every employee – one less thing for the employer to worry about and more time to focus on the important activities.
  • With the information provided to us by the employer, Bixter makes every effort to find and place the international worker in the most suitable position possible.
  • Our expert team is available to help and address any concerns that may arise during the employment period. This ensures a smooth and successful working relationship between the employer and the international worker, which leads to increased productivity and job satisfaction.
  • Bixter conducts pre-departure webinars, shares informative brochures with employees to improve the integration process and avoid miscommunication issues.
  • At the end of the program, we’ll send employers evaluation forms soliciting feedback on the placement and the assistance provided by Bixter as we are constantly trying to improve our services.

Bixter is committed to simplifying and securing the process of international recruitment for employers. We know how vital it is to find the right addition to your team, and acknowledge that, despite thorough efforts, not every match is perfect.

To address this, we provide a comforting 1-month guarantee. If there’s a gap between the agreed recruitment standards and the international worker’s performance or compatibility, Bixter is ready to resolve the issue. During this time, we offer the possibility of replacing the worker without any extra cost, should issues like underperformance or other legitimate concerns arise.

Welcoming an international worker through Bixter is not just about filling a position; it’s about opening your business to new perspectives and cultures. Here’s what we hope to see from employers:

  • Follow the rules: It’s important to stick to the guidelines set by immigration and labor laws, including fair pay and reasonable working hours. These rules make sure everyone is treated right and keeps things fair.
  • Make them feel welcome: Bringing someone from another country into your team is a big step. We encourage you to go beyond the paperwork and make sure they feel truly part of the crew. A warm welcome and a smooth introduction to how things work can make a world of difference.
  • Adequate accommodation conditions: The accommodation with adequate living conditions shall be provided if you hire an international worker. Finding a safe and cozy spot to rest after work is a big part of making sure they’re happy and ready to contribute their best.
  • Be there for them: Starting a job in a new country is exciting but can also be challenging. Offering your support, from the small day-to-day questions to the bigger challenges, can help your new team member settle in faster and feel supported.

At Bixter, we’re here to guide you every step of the way, keeping you in the loop with any updates to immigration laws and helping you create a positive experience for your international workers. It’s about building a welcoming, diverse team that grows stronger together.

  • Providing/finding accommodation for the employee for affordable monthly rent (paid by employee).
  • Offering a salary according to Austrian legislation. Important: salary range depends on collective bargaining agreements specific to each sector, qualifications and education level of the employee, as well as visa category. Contact us  to find out about the salary ranges for an international employee for your business.
  • Overtime working hours payment according to Austrian regulations.
  • Picking up the employee from the nearest bus/train station upon arrival.
  • Making sure that candidates will be registered in Austria after arrival .
  • To ensure a successful hosting experience.

At Bixter, we understand the value of your time and the importance of concentrating on your business’s core processes. That’s why we’re here to handle the complexities of international recruitment, allowing you to dedicate your attention to expanding and enriching your business.

Tailored recruitment and pre-screening: We start by understanding your specific needs and the criteria set by both you and the migration service regulations. This ensures that only the most suitable applicants are forwarded to you, saving you time and effort in the initial selection process.

Setting realistic expectations: We communicate the roles, responsibilities, and expectations clearly to potential employees. This transparency ensures that candidates have a realistic view of what awaits them, leading to higher satisfaction.

Visa application and paperwork: Navigating the visa application process can be daunting. Bixter takes charge of this, handling the necessary paperwork and liaising with migration authorities to ensure a smooth process for bringing your new hire to Austria.

Smooth arrival and integration: We don’t just stop at recruitment. Bixter manages the arrival of workers and provides them with informative booklets on the registration process in Austria, ensuring they integrate smoothly into their new environment and role.

Ongoing support: Our commitment extends throughout the validity of the contract, offering support to both you and the international worker. This means any challenges that arise will be promptly addressed, ensuring a positive and productive working relationship.

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