Luxembourg has opened its employment market to Poles and citizens of the seven other new members of the EU. The country’s employers pay well, and jobs are available in finance, high-tech, office work, construction and industry.
Luxembourg opened its job market to residents of new EU members on Nov. 1. The Netherlands opened its job market May 1. Britain and Ireland opened their markets immediately after the EU expanded in 2004.
Luxembourg is the smallest EU country, with 480,000 people in an area of 2,500 square kilometres. For a comparison, the population of Warsaw is about three times bigger.
The gross domestic product in Luxembourg is an incredible 76,000 per person – a reflection of the country’s wealthy.
Forty percent of those in the country are foreigners ? the highest figure in the EU.
Luxembourg is one of the Benelux countries, the other two being Belgium and The Netherlands. It shares borders with Belgium, France and Germany.
The country has three official languages: French, German and Luxembourgish. It is the world’s only remaining grand duchy. At 52, Grand Duke Henry is the youngest European monarch. Luxembourg is an important financial centre. Its 220 banks make banking the sector with the most jobs.
The other sectors with plentiful jobs are construction, industry and agriculture. Luxembourg has many EU institutions which together employ about 8,000 people.
Working in a profession in Luxembourg requires French, German or English. If you speak French, you can check job possibilities on the Internet.
Salaries in Luxembourg are good. An unskilled worker can count on a minimum of 1,570 euro per month and someone with skills a minimum of 1,884 euro per month.
Salaries in the financial sector range from 2,200 to 7,500 euro per month. The majority of people earn an average of 40,000 to 60,000 euro a year.