Economic Forecast – A modest short-term outlook
According to the Statec, an outcome of the financial crisis without major clashes would allow the Luxembourg economy to recover gradually.
Underumployment (UE27): more than 20% of part-time workers are affected
Since the start of the economic crisis, the proportion of part-time workers wishing to work more hours and available to do so rises every year.
OECD - Tax burdens on labour income rise
Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to increase.
EU Citizens expect more from their Parliament
According to the latest annual Eurobarometer, European Citizens overwhelmingly want the European Parliament to play a strengthened role and see its commitment increase regarding the fight against poverty and in the human rights protection.
VPE: more than a second chance, a professional recognition
For almost more than three years already, the validation of prior experience (VPE) exists in Luxembourg. A benefit for individuals, for companies and for the country.
Greater Region: frontier workers are more atypical
A recent publication on the Grand Region presents these employees and independents workers, who chose to leave Luxembourg but still remain working in the country.
2013: 20 years of European citizenship
Europe is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the European legal status. Progress is still needed in this area. The year 2013 will raise the awareness of the Member States and their nationals on the subject.
Vocational training: Companies have less invested in 2010
During the period, enterprises with less than 10 employees increase their efforts in the domain, whereas medium-sized and bigger companies choose to invest less that year.
48% of European enterprises provide staff with portable devices
More and more European companies provide their staff with portable devices for mobile Internet connection. Barriers to their widespread use remain however important.
Medical examination of employee: rights and responsibilities
In a recent newsletter, de Guichet recaps some basic concepts and points of law on the obligations of workers and employers regarding medical examinations for professional reasons.
7 workers out of 10 lack unemployment protection Worldwide
If unemployment insurance schemes have proved to be efficient against the economic crisis, only 72 countries out of 198 have implemented such programmes, the ILO says.
Population: Luxembourg the regional driving force
The Greater Region has gained 223,458 persons over the last ten years. This slow demographic growth reflects however strong regional differences.
Cross-border commuters and residents: the patrimonial difference
A study by the Central Bank of Luxembourg on the financial and asset situation of both cross-border commuters and Luxembourg residents shows unexpected differences between the two groups.
EU27: More services on duty
A recent survey by Eurostat shows regional and sectoral disparities within the EU labour market.
Rokin: when banks have a social conscience
Honouring the finance industry according to the ILO, the Japanese union-led cooperative devotes itself to the financial welfare of workers, while sticking to the principles of sincerity, fairness and openness.
Workplace bullying: waiting for a law
No law punishes mobbing in Luxembourg. If recourses exist for victims, lawmakers slow to address the problem at its root.
Health and fulfillment at work in Luxembourg : the mixed feelings
Theseniors’ decision toretire earlierfrom the labour market might also be influenced by other criteria than financial only. A trend observed byCEPS INSTEAD in a recent survey dedicated to fulfillment at work, from the seniors and juniors point of view. Seniors are the worlers aged 50 and over, whereas juniors are their younger counterparts.
Luxembourg apparently less productive
A recent study by Statecshows a sharp drop in Luxembourg’s apparent labour productivity compared to the rest of the eurozone. Both the metallurgy and the finance industries are mainly accounting for the decline.
European unemployment: record rates and regional disparities
Two recent studies show that unemployment levels reached records in Europe, especially in southern regions andOverseas territories. Women and youth are indeed the most affected.
Total employment in Luxembourg: more international, more tertiary
A recent study by Statec analyses the major labour market changes in Luxembourg over the past 50 years: between 1960 and 2010, total employment has tripled, the part of frontier and foreign workers has exploded, and the local economy has massively become service-based.
Collective labour agreements: some advances indeed…
A recent study oncollective bargaining in Luxembourg shows that job retention, vocational training and equality between men and women more particularly should deserve a better treatment from the firm and sectoral branches.
Education and life long learning - a human capital
The importance of lifelong learning is now well established. It is however noticeable that most countries reduced their efforts in this domain over the past 20 years.
ILO: the global employment situation is showing alarming signs
According to the International Labor Organization, employment in the world continues worsening. 50 million jobs are still missing. Alternative solutions to the current policy approaches are however possible.
Flexible hours: an often compulsory exercise
Luxembourg: according to a recent study by Statec, 76% of employees aged 15 to 64 do not benefit chosen flexible working hours at their workplace.
Labour market policy: Luxembourg actively favours the passive approach
In their fight against unemployment, the Luxembourg authorities tend to opt for passive labour market policies, to the detriment of active labour market measures and vocational training to unemployed, Statec notices.
Building: the ups and downs
The European construction sector has been differently affected by the turmoil. In Luxembourg the impacts are only partial it seems. In this context, the labour force is becoming more cross-border and still faces social dumping, an issue that the European Commission tries to eliminate.
Au pair job: waiting for a legal basis
Recently, the Luxembourg Council of Government published amendments on an au pair placement law, which is slow in coming into effect. For almost ten years, the activity has been waiting for a legal frame to be implemented.
The tax authorities: a matter of perception
Luxembourg’s direct tax Administration recently released its 2011 activity report. An opportunity to describe the work of a little-known and not always loved administration.
When youth face unequal employment
A recent Belgian study shows that young people don't all have equal chances of finding a job. The level of education might make the difference. This confirms the result of a survey by the OCDE, which stands for "more jobs opportunities and better skills." for this segment of the workforce.
The European population is ageing. Europe is preparing actively to it
In 2012 Europe celebrates the Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Two recent surveys on the issue respectively describe the demographic decline of the Old Continent and how the citizens perceive the work of seniors.
Randstad: Luxembourgish employees globally satisfied
A recent international survey on employees by the Dutch temporary staffing group, shows differences in their professional expectations for 2012. Luxembourg remains over the average optimism.
Portraits of frontier workers at work and on the road
Two recent studies respectively describe the frontier workers' professional profile and mode of commuting in the Greater Region.
The right to unemployment is also a right to dignity
In its last annual 2010-2011 report, the Mediateur details the unjustified and arbitrary practices of public administrations and municipalities including ADEM.
Delays and absences from work: what are everybody’s rights and duties?
In its latest newsletter De Guichet.lu, details the procedure to apply by employees when delays and absences from work occur due to force majeure or event independent from one’s will. It also explains what the law tells in such context.
Absenteeism due to medical reasons under (passive) observation
In a recent press release, Observatoire de l'Absentéisme au Travail (OAT) announced its first semestrial data update.
Atypical work: Luxembourg (still) unaffected?
A personal life choice on one side, with professional insecurity impacts on the other, atypical work affects more and more people in Europe. The Grand Duchy seems however less affected by the phenomenon.
Teachers' starting salaries: not attractive
A recent European survey shows the disparities between teachers' salaries within the EU and notices that Luxembourger teachers are the best paid in Europe.
Domestic employment goes up, unemployment remains high
In its last business cycle review Statec confims Luxembourg's economic recovery but remains careful in its growth forecast.
Paradoxically if domestic employment significantly rose in 2011, unemployment figures remain almost unchanged.
ArcelorMittal delists but still top-ranks
In a laconic statement sent on 19 August to the press ArcelorMittal announced the withdrawal of its ArcelorMittal Rodange & Schifflange shares from Luxembourg Stock Exchange's listing.
However, the group remains listed on Luxembourg Stock Exchanges as well as in Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, New York and Paris.
Luxembourg's banking jobs are relatively saved, but not immune
Employment in Luxembourg's banking sector continues to decline, although the industry is doing relatively well. Private banking however, one of its financial center's main pillars, experiences profound changes and might face some major challenges in customer management and human capital.
Is population aging an opportunity for employment?
How to keep people on the job market and help seniors remain active longer? According to the European Commission, over 30% of the European population will be 65 or older in 2025.
Executives in Luxembourg Among the Best Paid in Europe
How Should Companies Manage the A-Influenza?
Between August 15th and 21st the Luxembourg authorities have detected 12 new cases of persons infected with influenza A (H1N1), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Luxembourg to 130. Most of them have been detected in people who have stayed abroad, especially in Spain and the United Kingdom. With the end of the summer approaching now, there is a massive return of holidaymakers, which increases the risk of contamination.
A Glimmer of Hope
It is a sunny day, the sky is blue and the birds are singing, you almost hear the lapping waves. An atmosphere of holiday is around … let’s get rid of the bad news!
How To Resolve Rising Short-Time Working?
Following the “National Tripartite Meeting on Employment and Social Cohesion 2009” which brought together the Government, the employers’ representatives and the trade unions a month ago, an initial working party addresses issues of compensation and training of employees who work short-time.
Who Earns Most?
Companies in Luxembourg received last December preliminary results of a survey on wage structures conducted in 2006 on a sample of 38,000 employees. The Statistical Office Statec released now a comprehensive report, which shows among other results that employees in the financial sector earn 2.5 times more than those of the hotel and catering sector. Here is a detailed account of the bulletin.
Mobbing, Have You Heard Of It?
Do you feel harassed at work? Do your colleagues avoid you? Is your boss threatening you? Do you lose confidence? Do something, you are not alone!
How Stressed Are You?
Do you feel sick when you enter your office? Are you nervous because you must meet an important deadline in the evening and you are swamped with work? Does your colleague get on your nerves? Don’t try to find, you are stressed by your job.
Shortly before Labour Day, celebrated on May 1st, STATEC published a few results from its 2007 survey on labour force focusing on occupational safety and health, in which a few additional questions on occupational stress were added.
End of the
Trial of Strength Bringing France and Germany into Conflict with
Luxembourg is relieved. The same is true for Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. They will not appear on the blacklist of tax havens at the G20 summit on April 2.
Luxembourg City Challenged by its Outskirts
CEPS/Instead just published a survey on employment growth and company mobility in Luxembourg between 1994 and 2005. It describes a new business activity scene in which Luxembourg City loses some of its appeal.
Breaking Stereotypes As Early As From School Age
“Later on, I would like to be a conductor!” Imagine you hear this sentence from the lips of your 11-year-old daughter when she comes home from school. Anyhow, this is the wish of the Minister for Gender Equality and Family, Marie-Josée Jacobs, and the Cid-femmes, who have organized the Girls’ Day since 2002 and the Boys’ Day since 2005.
Northern Lorraine Living Off Luxembourg
The French statistical agency INSEE has recently published the results of a study entitled “The income of households in northern Lorraine boosted by cross-border salaries”. INSEE explains that the statistics stemming from the French tax files do not reflect reality.
News for the Unemployed
To cope with the increased number of unemployed persons who meet with difficulties to return to the labour market, the Minister of Labour and Employment, François Biltgen, introduced on last January 8th the Indura Project, which aims at the integration into the labour market of persons registered with the Employment Administration (ADEM). This integration should be as fast as possible and have long-term effects “through the collaboration with temporary work agencies”.
Luxembourg, the Bad Pupil in Europe for Employment of Elderly Workers
Luxembourg, with only 32% of its elderly people working, is today with Malta the country in the European Union where the employment rate of people aged 55 to 64 is the lowest.
The Banking Sector is Still Hiring, but at a Slower Pace
Two months after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, Luc Frieden, Minister of the Treasury and Budget, François Biltgen, Minister of Labour and Employment, and Jeannot Krecké, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, as well as the representatives of the trade unions (OGBL, LCGB and ALEBA) and of the employers (ABBL) met to discuss the evolution of employment in the financial sector.
The Suffering of the Cross-Border Commuters
On October 10th, 2008, François Biltgen, Minister of Labour and Employment, and his French counterpart Xavier Bertrand met at a round of talks in Thionville and discussed the cross-border phenomenon.
Brussels Takes Care of Mothers-To-Be
The women in Luxembourg will be allowed to recuperate for a longer time. On October 1st, The European Commission adopted the Proposal for a Directive on extending the period of maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks.
Financial Crisis: The Domino Effect Under Way?
“Does Black Monday make waves in Luxembourg?” (eFinancialCareer.lu), “The crisis, a surprise guest” (PaperJam)… The Luxembourgish media are less and less optimistic, especially since the nationalization of Fortis and Dexia.
Objective: Zero Discrimination
You may have got a yellow leaflet in your mailbox this week. Presented on September 10th by Ms Marie-Josée Jacobs, Minister of Family and Integration, accompanied by Mr Patrick de Rond, President of the Centre for Equal Treatment, the folder describes in detail the Law of November 28th, 2006 on equal treatment.
Quality of Living in Luxembourg, a Recruitment Factor?
This year Luxembourg rose one position in the yearly ranking of cities by their quality of life. The recent Mercer survey ranked Luxembourg seventeenth, far ahead of Paris, London and New York.
Trainees Are Increasingly Popular
In August, the offices empty all of a sudden. The only people to be met in the corridors are the trainees.
Luxembourg as a Metropolitan Area
Where are the so called “metropolitan” economic activities located? The CEPS has mapped the metropolitan jobs on the place of work and of residence of the employees working in 2005 in Luxembourg.
Immigration, the Key to Economic Prosperity in Luxembourg
Two centuries ago, Luxembourgers fled to distant lands in the hope of a better life, whereas today they are happy to welcome foreign labour in their country.
Does the Birth of Their First Child Curb Women’s Employment?
This month, numerous newspaper articles deal with women and their job situation.
The CEPS/Instead, in particular, just published a study on the job situation of women who gave birth to their first child. To conduct this study, the CEPS focused on a sample of women whose only child is under 3 years old and who predominantly have already worked before the birth of their child.
When Will the 65-Hour Week Come?
The 27 European Ministers of Employment met in Luxembourg to agree on two texts concerning the reform of working hours. This question has been under discussion for 6 years.
Work Keeps On Killing
Work is still killing today. According to the International Labour Organisation about 6,000 workers die every day throughout the world as a result of an accident at the workplace or an occupational disease.
Good News: Luxembourgish Will Soon Be Spoken By All Employees
In a country that has up to 50% foreigners during daytime, when the international commuters are here, the language question is very often up for discussion.
Who Are Those who Earn the Most in Luxembourg?
Facebook, a Gold Mine for Recruiters
The websites for social networks are real gold mines for recruiters who can collect free information by the thousand on potential candidates.
Employment: Luxembourg Holds the Course
On March 10th, the Annual Report 2007 of the Employment Administration (ADEM) has been presented in the presence of the Minister of Employment, François Biltgen, who expressed satisfaction.
Pampered Employees, a Company in Better Shape
Some green plants, baskets with plenty of fruit, works of art hanging on the walls, a relaxation room … If you had the choice, what would your workplace look like? Could well-being at the workplace be just a passing fad?
Between 15,000 and 42,000 undeclared Jobs in Luxembourg
The underground economy,
relatively little known in the Grand Duchy, is a big
shortfall for the Luxembourg economy. Since the banning
of illegal work in 1977, successive governments have
continued to take legislative measures to combat it.
For How Long Will Luxembourg Withstand the Financial Tsunami?
The subprime mortgage
crisis has devastating effects on the financial markets.
Luxembourg managed to escape so far.
The International Commuters Move onto Luxembourg’s Job Market
Jobs.lu has just joined the website lesfrontaliers.lu.
Therefore, the time has come to review the situation of
the international commuters on Luxembourg’s job market.
What is their profile? In how far does Luxembourg appeal
Paid Holiday in Luxembourg: What You Must Know
We enter into a new year,
and the meter of paid holiday is again reset. The paid
holiday, also called “annual recreation holiday", is a
right granted to all employees regardless of their age.
Here is some useful information to assert your rights
and not to be unpleasantly surprised!
Should we speak Luxembourgish to work in Luxembourg?
This is probably the first
question being asked by all those who have just secured
their first job in Luxembourg. Actually the language
situation, given the small size of the country, is
unique. People speak three languages every day and
Luxembourg Lagging Behind in the Gender Equality on the Labour Market
published on last November 13th shows that women remain
largely discriminated on the labour market in
New Tax Reform. This Will Change …
each year in Luxembourg, the fiscal census took place on
last October 15th.
The New Trends in the Temporary Work
Jobs.lu has interviewed Nathalie Delebois, Business Line
Manager with Ajilon-Adecco, about the new trends in
temporary work in Luxembourg.
The Minimum Wage in Luxembourg
You have just secured your
first job. Which wage level can you aspire to? Jobs.lu
gives you a few details about what you have to know
about the Social Minimum Wage (SMW).
Unfounded Fears of Young People
On the occasion of the
International Youth Day that took place on August 12th
of this year, the STATEC published a Report on the
Situation of Young People on the Job Market in
What the jobseekers
think about Jobs.lu: Samir gives us his opinion
Samir Riahi*, single, Luxembourg, 24 years.
Samir has been working for four years as a sales
assistant in a shopping mall in the field of electronics
and high fidelity.
Interview with Catherine
Catherine Liebault was hired in 1999 by fast, a
recruitment consultancy specialising in the financial
sector, as a recruitment consultant. Before being
appointed director in 2004, she focussed on developing
French-speaking clients. Catherine Liebault has academic
qualifications in finance and accounting, and a diploma
in Human Resources.