Employment and work

ADEM annual report - employment up, unemployment down

At the end of April 2017, the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le Développement de l'Emploi, ADEM) presented its annual report to the general public. The figures seem to be encouraging.

02-ademAccording to ADEM, the Grand Duchy saw steady growth in employment in 2016. Salaried employment increased by 3.3% compared with the previous year, and unemployment fell by 4.6% over the same period. The reduction in unemployment seems to be sustained, since the trend has lasted for two years already.

More jobs for young people

The most significant drop revealed by ADEM's report for 2016 is that of unemployment among the under-30s. This has fallen by 14% in the space of two years.

The strategy for finding jobs for those categories of people furthest from employment (young people, the long-term unemployed, older people) is visibly paying off. In 2016, six keys measures were adopted to help get these categories of unemployed people back into the employment market:

  • development of new schemes and tools to help young people define their personal professional project;
  • new system for profiling job-seekers;
  • more training for job-seekers;

"Training is one of the solutions that helps bridge the gap between the jobs on offer and job-seekers' profiles", according to ADEM Director Isabelle Schlesser.

  • implementation of the Youth Guarantee;
  • reform of two ADEM departments: the department for handicapped workers, and the department for workers with reduced working capacity;
  • creation of an interactive online job board for use by employers and job-seekers.

In 2016, more than 3,600 people out of work took part in hundreds of workshops offered by ADEM with a view to making it easier for them to get a job.

A satisfactory annual report - in part

Overall, unemployment has fallen in the Grand Duchy in recent years, and that's good news. Employers are satisfied with the services ADEM provides. According to Liser, the new employment portal and the 'Meet ADEM' conferences are the most successful aspects of the agency's work, obtaining satisfaction levels of 88% and 81% respectively among more than 6,000 businesses canvassed. Nevertheless, long-term unemployment remains high in the Grand Duchy, particularly among older job-seekers and/or job-seekers with health problems. ADEM is therefore promising to roll out a new large-scale initiative particularly in favour of these unemployed profiles in May 2017.


(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)

  • Updated 05-05-2017