Based on EU-SILC (European Community Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) each year results on poverty and social inclusion are published. Key indicators for Austria from EU-SILC 2013 and earlier years are available in the table below.
The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and social exclusion within the next ten years. For Austria this means to reduce the target group by 235 000 people. In the mid-term, 18.8% of the population in Austria are reported to have been at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion in 2013, that is 127,000 persons less than in 2008. The national Europe 2020-target is thus half reached, the rate dropped from 20.6% in 2008 to 18.8% in 2013.
Projected to the Austrian population as a whole the figure – with a 95% reliability probability – was between 17.5% and 20.1%, i.e. between 1.463.000 and 1.681.000 persons had to be considered as being at risk of poverty or social exclusion. They are either at-risk-of-poverty or severely materially deprived or living in a household with very low work intensity.
The at-risk-of-poverty rate is calculated on the basis of the equivalised
household income, the available household income divided by the number
of consumption equivalents in the household (see Household
Income). People are considered to be at-risk-of-poverty
if their equivalised household income is below an at-risk-of-poverty
threshold of 60% of the national median household income. In 2013, the
equivalised income median was €
Severely materially deprived persons have living conditions severely constrained by a lack of resources, they experience at least 4 out of the following 9 deprivation items: cannot afford to pay rent or utility bills, keep home adequately warm, face unexpected expenses, eat meat, fish or a protein equivalent every second day, a week holiday away from home, a car, a washing machine, a colour TV, or a telephone.
In households with very low work intensity the work intensity
of all working-age household members (18
Based on the national regulation (Einkommens- und
Lebensbedingungen-Statistikverordnung ELStV) in EU-SILC 2012 register
information was used for the first time to calculate components of household
income and for weighting (see Methodenbericht
EU-SILC 2012, PDF, 1MB). Advantages of this changed
methodology – in former years only survey data is available – are
an increase in the data quality and reduced burden for respondents to
the survey. To monitor the Europe 2020 strategy despite switching to
register data in EU-SILC 2012, Statistics Austria has done a back-calculation
for EU-SILC 2008
On its website Eurostat provides indicators on social inclusion for all European countries in the section “Statistics on Income and Living Conditions”. In Eurostat´s comparative study “Income and Living Conditions“ Statistics Austria provides an article that shows the dynamics of change concerning deprivation in the EU member states based on EU-SILC longitudinal data. A more detailed version can be found as working paper (“Towards an inclusion balance - accounting for gross change in Europeans' living conditions“) in Eurostat´s series on methodological issues in EU-SILC. Material deprivation and child-specific indicators on deprivation are described in detail in the working paper “Measuring Material Deprivation in the EU”.
Please consult our German website for tables and charts containing further information.
|Results (overview): European indicators on social inclusion in Austria 2004 - 2013|
|Target population Europe 2020 by age and gender 2013|
|Selected preliminary indicators on poverty and social inclusion 2014|
|Selected indicators on poverty and social inclusion 2013|
|Selected indicators on poverty and social inclusion 2012|
|Selected indicators on poverty and social inclusion 2011|
|Selected indicators on poverty and social inclusion 2010|