in 2017


Key drivers

Wage pressure in high-skill industries (8.5)

Faster wage growth in lower-skill industries than in high-skill ones has led to a narrowing in the industry wage gap.

Labour market participation (5.0)

Labour market participation is expected to grow more slowly than the historical average this year, with the youth participation rate falling.

Overall wage pressure (9.9)

The rate of real wage growth is forecast to accelerate this year, above levels normally seen in Luxembourg.


Education flexibility


Labour market participation


Labour market flexibility


Talent mismatch


Overall wage pressure


Wage pressure in high-skill industries


Wage pressure in high-skill occupation


Tina Ling

Managing Director, Hays France & Benelux

View from the Ground

Luxembourg’s economy keeps growing and forecasts are currently projecting economic growth of 3.5%. There has been a decrease in the unemployment level, bringing it to a very low rate of 5.3% in the first quarter of 2018. The war for talent is more than ever defining the recruitment market in the country. As of last year, some sectors such as information technology, construction and real estate, have been doing very well. However, 2018 is seen by many economists as the beginning of a profound change due to digitalisation, artificial intelligence, big data and strengthening of market regulations. The latter are all topics that require companies to anticipate new organisational models for tomorrow.

Tina Ling, Managing Director, Hays France & Benelux

COUNTRY profile

The Luxembourg economy expanded by 2.3% in 2017, above the average in the EU.

The near-term growth outlook is positive, with the IMF forecasting GDP growth accelerating to 3.5 and 3.4% in 2018 and 2019 respectively, boosted by the global recovery.

The pick-up in demand increased the numbers employed by 3.8% in 2017. A significant proportion of the new jobs were taken by cross-border workers who commute into the country. This to some extent reflects skills mismatches and a social security system which creates some disincentives for local people from working, resulting in firms looking to recruit having to cast the net wide to fill the vacancies.

Key skills in demand

  • Java Programmers
  • Compliance & Risk Professionals
  • Financial Private Equity & Real Estate Experts
  • Fund Accountants
  • Multilingual Assistants, Sales and Controllers (FR/ENG/GER/NL/LUX)