Working in Luxembourg

18 Nov
2010

Unless you’re planning to be self-employed, a full-time parent, or to meet a sugar daddy/mummy in Luxembourg (which by the way isn’t the worst place to find one, judging by the amount of people in their 60s driving Ferraris) you’ll probably be working in Luxembourg.

Banking is the largest sector in the Luxembourg economy, being a tax haven and all, so most of the jobs are in banks and financial institutions. Other big employers are the various European Institutions located here, including the Commission, the Secretariat of the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank and the Official Publications Office.

Private Industry Jobs

For private industry jobs, companies will either advertise directly or employ a recruitment agent. Most applications require a C.V. and a cover letter. A good start is checking out some online job sites:

Monster.lu
Jobs.lu
Luxembourg Expat Jobs
The Wort

It’s worth cold calling or emailing agencies as some positions are not advertised. You can also keep an eye out for positions advertised in international newspapers like the Financial Times, or news supplements/publications about your industry.

European Institution Jobs

European Institution jobs are advertised on several different websites, a good place to start is here. Expect a much longer application process which can include aptitude tests (which may remind you of school) and copying your C.V. into an online form (which may drive you to drink).

Salaries

Salaries are usually advertised as gross but there’s a very handy net salary calculator here. Some jobs come with extras and bonuses such as a company car, luncheon vouchers, bonuses, a thirteenth month (an extra month’s salary usually paid in December) and so on. All of these have tax implications, check out this pdf for further info. The company may offer to cover your relocation expenses too.

Interviews

If you’re overseas and called for an interview, it’s common for companies to pay for your flight and accommodation. Phone interviews are also common, especially with agencies. Don’t expect things to move quickly; sometimes you won’t hear back for a month after an interview even if they’ve said they want to make a quick decision. Expect to be asked personal details such as your date of birth, your marital status, and if you have children. The interviewer may also ask you why you want to move to Luxembourg, this is to gauge how much you know about the culture and how serious you are about the move.

Languages

Many jobs in Luxembourg require several languages, the most popular being French, but some companies work primarily through English and another language is just a nice to have. I’d recommend you take a few French or German lessons once you start looking; it can only help as it shows that you are interested.

Networking

If you know anyone in Luxembourg get in touch – it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Get the word out that you’re looking for work and something may come back to you. Online social networks like Linkedin and Xing are handy too for making connections with agents and learning more about potential employers.

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