The next Delano Live event looks at what it takes to run a wine shop. We have passes to give away to this invite-only soirée.
As Luxembourg want to become a startup nation, more and more newcomers are poised to create their own businesses. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Luxembourg 2016/2017, the proportion of entrepreneurs was 9,2% in 2016, higher than the European average (8,6%). But is it so easy to start a startup in Luxembourg? Yes, provided that you follow the administrative steps described below.
The Grand-Duchy is still an attractive place for medium and high-skilled workers from all over the world. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Statec), employment rose 3.9% between the second quarters of 2017 and 2018. During the same timeframe, the number of EU and non-EU nationals living and working in the country increased respectively by 2.7% and 10%. But before you take the decision to work in Luxembourg, how do you make sure that your diplomas and qualifications obtained abroad will be recognised?
When you are fired or there is the unexpected end of your contract or you stop your business activities because of bankruptcy or other reasons, what happens next? Do you have the right to claim unemployment benefits? What are the procedures? Before answering these questions, let’s start from the beginning.
Did you know that the old age pension system in Luxembourg is one of the best in the world? According to the Global Age Watch Index 2015 published by HelpAge International, a global network of organisations promoting the right of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives, Luxembourg ranks first in the income security domain, with the second highest regional Gross National Income per capita (US$59,241.90) and the second lowest regional poverty rate in old age (2,7%). But how do retirement pensions work in the Grand Duchy, who can benefit from it and how?
As mentioned elsewhere in this section, there are some misconceptions about Luxembourg out there.
It is possible that you have just arrived and don’t really know what you want to do next in terms of career. In this case, why not take a look at temping?
If you don’t already have a job as you arrive in Luxembourg, we’d like to help you get one as fast as possible. As in the other sections of this guide, there are things to do and some you definitely should not.
Luxembourg’s startup scene is alive and kicking, especially in terms of R&D and innovative businesses. If you want to set up your own business and are prepared to do your homework, you’ll find there is a lot of public and private support.
As the long summer break approaches, it is more than time to plan your next vacation. But do you know your rights regarding your annual paid leave? Here is some useful information to avoid unpleasant surprise.
Despite its small size, Luxembourg can be an ideal location to find jobs abroad. The country has a buoyant job market covering many professional fields. Its unemployment rate is one of the lowest of the European Union. According to the National Employment Agency (ADEM), the rate of unemployed, adjusted for seasonal variations, was 5,6% in January 2018. For the same period, the rate was 8,6% in the Euro area and 7,3% in the EU28. Over one year, the number of available resident jobseekers registered with the ADEM has decreased by 6.1% and the number of vacancies has grown by 20.3%.
If you are going to work in Luxembourg, you will probably have some queries on the tax system of the country. Do you have to pay tax in the Grand-Duchy? Which income will be taxed? What are the different types of taxes and rates that apply? To find answers to all these questions, follow our expat’s guide to taxes in Luxembourg.
Aviation Academy Luxembourg
The aviation school offers training in leadership in the logistics, aviation and travel and tourism sectors. Topics include soft skills, cargo, aviation, dangerous goods and leadership to improve quality standards of safety and security in logistics and aviation. All courses are held exclusively in English and a three-month internship in Luxembourg or abroad is mandatory.
Where: Luxair Cargo Center, L-1360 Findel
Phone: 24 56 94 92
House of Training
The organisation provides continuous vocational training, with 19 different fields offered including training for execs, support activities, sector and personal development.
Where: 7 rue Alcide de Gasperi, L-2014 Luxembourg
Phone: 46 50 16 1
Alternative Investment Funds Club
The AIF Club supports its members by providing opportunities to network and discuss important topics driving change in Luxembourg’s alternative fund sector. The club was created to provide insight into developments in the alternative sectors of the financial industry: private equity, real estate and hedge funds. It also provides education and training for industry practitioners, as well as providing them with a networking platform. It is based at the EY consulting firm.
You can only join this non-profit business club if you have two sponsors. The club has 10 private function rooms that can hold from 10 to 100 people, including a foyer, bar, library, restaurant and a brasserie with terrace. The Cercle Munster frequently hosts events such as concerts, exhibitions, conferences, tastings, among other activities.
Where: 5-7 rue Munster, L-2160 Luxembourg
Phone: 47 06 43 1
American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg
Amcham is an international voluntary organisation of business and professional persons committed to fostering business relations between the United States and Luxembourg. The chamber’s activities cover the full scope of expat issues through committees for human resources, information technology, financial services, tax, marketing, diversity and new business & entrepreneurship. Holds many business events throughout the year.
Where: 6 rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,, L-1432 Luxembourg
Phone: 43 17 56
British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg
The BCC is an English-speaking forum for contact and communication among decision makers, opinion formers and participants in Luxembourg’s local and international business communities. Membership encompasses a wide range of nationalities and is open to any commercial enterprise or businessperson for whom the English language is an essential business tool.
Where: 6 rue Antoine de Saint-Exupéry , L-1432 Luxembourg
Phone: 46 54 66
House of Entrepreneurship
The House of Entrepreneurship serves both new entrepreneurs and established companies. It assists in navigating the formalities and steps involved in setting up a business.
Where: 14 rue Erasme, L-1468 Luxembourg
Phone: 42 39 39 330
House of Startups
Launched by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, the House of Startups hosts innovation hubs, incubators, business accelerators and startup consulting services.
Where: 9 rue du Laboratoire, L-1911 Luxembourg
Phone: 28 81 00 01
The non-profit organisation operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Participants meet weekly for one to two hours to learn how to practise speaking in public. Members evaluate themselves and help each other to improve. Members can join one of the eight open clubs in Luxembourg or sponsor a club. Community and corporate memberships are available.
Where: 5 rue des Mérovingiens, L-8070 Bertrange
Phone: 48 25 51 1
This is the national employment agency in Luxembourg. Its website serves jobseekers, employers and young people seeking career guidance. It offers comprehensive information and practical tips on finding a job, hiring employees, choosing a professional career or applying for financial support and employment measures.
Phone: 24 78 88 88
A Luxembourg-based training institute and language school with its main focus on language courses and training sessions. The institute offers courses in English, French, German, Luxembourgish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.
Where: 4B Duerfstrooss, L-6858 Mënjecker
Phone: 26 27 0730
Berlitz provides language training for adults, children and teenagers, as well as intercultural and business solutions for corporate clients. Other than language courses in more than 40 languages and business workshops, Berlitz organises language camps for children and teenagers.
Where: 89-93 Grand-Rue, L-1661 Luxembourg
Phone: 26 38 32 48
Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry
Alfi is the official representative body for Luxembourg’s investment fund sector. In addition to lobbying, it provides technical guidance to members, educates the public and organises several well-attended industry events.
Where: 12 rue Erasme, L-1468 Luxembourg
Phone: 22 30 26 1
Chamber of Trades (CDM)
A professional body representing more than 150 trades in several categories: food, fashion-health-hygiene, mechanics, construction and housing, communication, multimedia, entertainment and skilled crafts.
Where: 2 circuit de la Foire Internationale, L-1016 Luxembourg
Phone: 42 67 67 1
Inspectorate of Labour and Mines
Known by its French acronym ITM, the agency enforces the country’s labour code, including workplace health and safety rules.
Where: 3 rue des Primeurs, L-2361 Luxembourg
This group is Luxembourg’s association against workplace bullying, harassment and stress.
Where: 64 avenue de la Liberté, L-1930 Luxembourg
Phone: 28 37 12 12
This site (in French, German and Luxembourgish) is a portal for job searches, training, placements and voluntary work. Anelo.lu also has a section called “I’m looking for work” which provides practical assistance on CVs, application letters, and validation of diploma. The website also provides short-filmed scenarios, expert advice and online quizzes to help young people prepare for job interviews.
Association of Luxembourg Student Groups
The student union publishes an annual guide for future graduates.