(Permanent) Disability pensions

In 2019, 146,976 persons received a pension due to reduced working capacity or permanent working incapacity. 69.0% of them were men, 31.0% were women. These pensions were mainly allocated to those aged 50-59 (48.8%) and 60-64 (35.1%); 15.5% of the recipients were younger than 50. Over the last ten years, the number of occupational disability pensions has fallen significantly by 68.0%.

There were 30,131 new early retirements in 2009 compared with 17,248 in 2019, too (-42.8%). This is partly caused by the fact that people aged 50 and over have been receiving rehabilitation allowance since the beginning of 2014 instead of temporary invalidity pensions previously disbursed.

Most of the retirements due to (permanent) working disability were related to psychiatric diseases (39.7%), whereby this diagnosis affected women more often than men (53.1% versus 31.9%). In 2019, diseases of the skeleton, muscles and connective tissue were the second most frequent reason for new early retirements (men: 21.6%, women: 12.1%). This was followed by cancer (11.7%), diseases of the circulatory system (11.3%) and diseases of the nervous system and sensory organs (7.0%).

Detailed data on disability pensions can be found on the homepage of the Austrian Social Insurance. Further information on pensions in general and on pensions of women and men (gender statistics) is available on the website of Statistics Austria.

Results (overview): (Permanent) Disability pensions since 1975 by age
(Permanent) Disability pensions 2019 by pension fund, sex and age
Retirements due to (permanent) working disability since 1975 by age
Retirements due to (permanent) working disability 2019 by pension fund, sex, age and diagnosis

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