Higher salaries for healthcare workers in Burgenland

The salaries of nursing and medical staff in Burgenland hospitals will be increased. State Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) announced on Tuesday that, retroactively from January 1, non-medical workers will receive increased salaries of up to 420 euros gross 14 times a year. In this way, it is aimed to make health professions more attractive. The number of foster families will be increased by 10 percent. Additional costs amount to approximately 22.4 million euros per year.

Doskozil wants to secure long-term care and address staff shortages in Burgenland. The state governor emphasized at a press conference that the salary increase is also a sign that the nursing profession is appreciated and recognized “as an essential and important, but also difficult and stressful profession.” The measures are based on the doctor’s package approved last year.

A bonus is also paid for taking responsibility. Managers, such as station managers, receive 300 euros a month more, while their assistants receive 150 euros more. Employees with at least 30 years of experience in their job are given a loyalty bonus of approximately 120 euros per month.

According to Doskozil, working conditions need to be improved in parallel with the salary. The number of positions in hospitals will therefore be increased by ten per cent, which will bring approximately 200 new employees to the four hospitals at Burgenland Health. In this way, it is aimed to increase the planability of services. To better combine family and work, company kindergartens are planned. The first one is planned to be operational at the Oberwart location.

Doskozil also wants to complete its planned collaboration with its partner diocese of Kanjirapally in Kerala, India, by March. Nursing staff need to come to Burgenland from there. Education, including the German course, will continue to take place in India.

(APA)

Source: Vienna

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