Following an open competition, Prof Dr Tobias Thomas was appointed new Director General-Statistics of Statistics Austria and took up his new post on 1 June 2020.
Mr. Thomas has a doctorate degree in Economics and is adjunct Professor of Economics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as well as CMDS Fellow at the Central European University (CEU). His main research interests are Political Economy and Media Impact Analysis.
Previously, Mr. Thomas headed the economic research institute EcoAustria (2017-2020).
With the effect of 1 January this year, Werner Holzer has been nominated Acting Director General-Statistics. Mr Holzer’s appointment follows the end of the term of office of Konrad Pesendorfer, heading Statistics Austria from 1 January 2010 until the end of last year.
Mr. Holzer joined Statistics Austria (then Austrian Central Statistical Office) 25 years ago and has been working in various management functions in statistical and cross-sectional areas since then. From January 2017 until March 2019, he was Deputy of the Director General-Statistics.
Mr. Holzer has a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science.
An open competition will soon be launched for the filling of the post.
The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and Statistics Austria developed together a system of response burden measurement that covers all compulsory surveys on businesses performed by Statistics Austria (“Response burden barometer”). This indicator system shows the total response burden for each of the surveys over time and by the factors influencing a change of the response burden. The response burden is defined as the time necessary for filling in the respective questionnaires, whether on paper or electronically. Data are currently available for the years 2001 – 2016.
The total response burden for all compulsory surveys conducted by Statistics Austria was 704 598 hours in 2016, about 2 per cent less than in 2015. Between 2001 and 2016 the response burden for all compulsory surveys that existed already in 2001 was reduced by 21.5 per cent. This reduction was mainly achieved by reductions in sample frames, rise in thresholds and the increasing use of administrative data and electronic reporting devices. However, since 2001 further compulsory surveys were introduced which are also considered in calculating the response burden; including these surveys the response burden still decreased by 18.2 per cent between 2001 and 2016.
This brochure gives an insight into the living conditions of the people in our country. Findings and statistics from economy and society are presented in text, table, and chart form by Statistics Austria and provide information on a wide variety of subjects: The booklet has information on population, education, employment and the job market, the economy, science and technology, tourism, environment, and other topics.
A separate section offers characteristics of the nine Austrian Länder. The publication is available as a download (PDF, 5 MB) free of charge.