The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has an atypical labour market owing to the international and multilingual nature of its workforce. Around 70% of the country’s workforce is composed of immigrants or cross-border workers coming from France, Belgium and Germany.

They are attracted by tempting career opportunities:

  • an international and multilingual work environment;
  • favourable wage conditions;
  • short distances between home and the workplace;
  • a system of universal social security;
  • a high standard of living;
  • an exceptional quality of life.

Access to the labour market in Luxembourg is open to citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA). Third-country nationals need a stay permit (autorisation de séjour) and then a residence permit.

In Luxembourg, employees work 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Each employee is legally entitled to statutory annual paid leave of 25 working days. In addition there are public holidays totalling 10 days.

The Grand Duchy applies a minimum social wage to all employees working for an employer under a contract of employment. The rate differs according to the age and qualifications of the employee.

  • Updated 31-01-2017