Economy & Politics

These sectors that continue to recruit

While some branches of activity have been forced to restrict their activity and resort to partial unemployment, or even layoffs, others are struggling to find staff. Overview.

While some branches of activity have been forced to restrict their activity and resort to partial unemployment, or even layoffs, others are struggling to find staff. Overview.

(Jmh with Nadia Di Pillo) – Paradox. As the country experiences a decline in the overall pace of labor market growth, some sectors continue to be labor short. According to data provided by Jean Ries, head of statistics and studies at Adem, to our colleagues at Luxemburger Wort, profiles specializing in accounting, IT development or secretarial work have a better chance of finding a job. Sectors generally affected by mismatches between supply and demand.

Among the sectors most affected by this phenomenon is construction, whose announcements are struggling to find takers. “The profiles sought are very diverse, in particular masons, carpenters, heating and plumbing technicians, machine operators, painters, plasterers and tilers are desperately sought after,” says Sandrine Mesnil, HR officer at Randstad Luxembourg.

Same difficulty within the logistics sector and industry where “research primarily targets production workers, forklift drivers, welders, electromechanics, drivers and warehouse workers,” she says. For retail, “demand was strong, especially in supermarkets”. At least, before the announcement of the closure of non-essential departments, which reduced demand “drastically” assures the interim specialist.

CHEM, Emile Mayrisch Hospital Center, Foto Lex Kleren

Highlighted by the covid-19 pandemic, Luxembourg’s difficulties in finding sufficient medical personnel appear to be one of the government’s major future projects. For the Luxembourg association of medical students (Alem), time is running out.

Not surprisingly, the medical sector is also struggling. Highlighted by the pandemic, the lack of personnel has become a political priority, even though budget negotiations with the Health Insurance Fund for the years 2021-2022 are still ongoing. “This is why we do not yet know what will be granted to us”, indicates Sylvain Vitalie, secretary general of the Federation of Luxembourg hospitals, who nevertheless estimates that “at least 160 new positions will be created within two years simply because of some standards to come ”.

Unlike the 2008-2009 crisis, the Place is only slightly affected by the consequences of the pandemic. At the start of 2021, hiring will thus be done mainly “within small and medium-sized structures, as well as in family offices and investment funds”, notes Florence Marquet, director of Experia HR Consulting & Recruitment. With very specific profiles, namely specialists in compliance, risk management but also accountants. Not to mention specialists in human resources, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence.

Finanzplatz Luxemburg, Viaduct ,, Petrusstal. Photo: Gerry Huberty

The health crisis has not spared the country’s financial sector. As insurers record lower premiums, banks brace for defaults. While for their part, the funds are restructuring their investments with the hope that the country will remain competitive.

Classic requests currently complicated by the fact that “many employees are reluctant to change jobs at the moment and are looking more and more for security”, according to Nathalie Delebois, director of DO Recruitment Advisors. And the latter estimate that “the more digital a company, the better it will get through the current crisis”. Understand that it already has the most requested profiles and therefore, in a favorable position on the market. For the recruitment specialist, if the question of salary remains “one of the most important factors”, that of “fulfillment at work is becoming a priority”, especially within structures that have “a real corporate culture”.


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