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Luxembourg is especially looking for your “soft skills”

While job postings in the Greater Region mainly require profiles with a technical mastery, those spent in the Grand Duchy rely on skills related to personality traits, reveals a study by Liser, published Monday.

While job postings in the Greater Region mainly require profiles with a technical mastery, those spent in the Grand Duchy rely on skills related to personality traits, reveals a study by Liser, published Monday.

Economic engine of the Greater Region, Luxembourg continues to attract more and more employees. A constant phenomenon since the 1980s, even if the profiles sought evolve. No more quest for moderately qualified personnel, place in a job market where companies are looking for either low qualified profiles or highly qualified people. And to achieve this, Luxembourg does not use the same criteria as its neighbors, says a study by Liser, published Monday in The notebooks of the Greater Region.

Based on the analysis of 736,000 job offers posted online between September 2018 and September 2019 in Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Wallonia, the study shows that Luxembourg players are asking no only more skills than their counterparts but also different abilities. “At the scale of the Greater Region, skills in hard skills are more in demand (…) However, it is the opposite situation that prevails in Wallonia and Luxembourg”, indicates the Liser who underlines that in the Grand Duchy , “Soft skills represent 55% of the types of skills required.” Much more than the average in the Greater Region (47%).

In other words, the expectations of recruiters do not relate so much to the technical mastery of the proposed trade as to the ability of candidates to adapt to a rapidly changing professional environment. In fact, out of the five main skills requested, three stem from the state of mind that employees should convey. Namely the “ability to adapt and be flexible”, “professionalism” and “ability to work in a team”.

Conversely, despite the desire to diversify the economy through the development of logistics and the transport sector, these skills remain less in demand, since they are present “in less than one in ten advertisements”, notes Le Liser. Ditto with regard to know-how in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics or even Health. A last area in which no occurrence was identified in the ads analyzed in Luxembourg. What maintain the current functioning of the health system, largely dependent on cross-border workers.

While the pandemic seems to have stalled somewhat in recent days, the idea of ​​increasing the health workforce continues to gain ground. For this, Xavier Bettel advocates for the establishment of a specialized school funded by Paris and the Grand Duchy.

Finally, it should be noted that contrary to popular belief, the advertisements posted online in the Grand Duchy do not necessarily highlight the mastery of foreign languages, this skill being demanded at the same level as in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland (45%) , but less than in Wallonia (50%). Among the hard skills sought, mastery of economics, management or marketing as well as those related to IT and digital are at the top of the list.

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