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600 vacancies at Amazon Luxembourg

The group’s vice-president for Europe has just announced that he wants to consolidate the firm’s workforce by 20% in the Grand Duchy. Could the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in favor of the commercial site have something to do with it?

The group’s vice-president for Europe has just announced that he wants to consolidate the firm’s workforce by 20% in the Grand Duchy. Could the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in favor of the commercial site have something to do with it?

In the last Statec census, Amazon ranked tenth in the ranking of the largest employers in Luxembourg. But the 2021 ranking could push the leader in online sales to an even higher place. Because if the company keeps the commitment that has just been announced on its official website, it should come and titillate Goodyear or BGL BNP Paribas before next Christmas, with 600 new employees.


(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 02, 2021, an Amazon delivery driver carries boxes into a van outside of a distribution facility in Hawthorne, California. - A week of blockbuster earnings reports from Big Tech culminates Thursday with Amazon revealing profits from pandemic-revved online shopping and growing reliance on internet-hosted services. The e-commerce colossus is among the internet giants whose businesses thrived as precautions against Covid-19 led people around the world to go online for work, school, shopping and socializing. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

The e-commerce giant has just confirmed its establishment in Metz. An investment of nearly 300 million to put this eighth French warehouse into service, which could lead to nearly 1,000 hires. But there are not only cheers after this announcement.


On the company’s official blog, an announcement was made: “We had around 3,000 employees in Luxembourg at the end of 2020, and we expect this number to increase by a further 20%, to 3,600, by the end. of this year”. And the first to be enthusiastic about these development forecasts is none other than Jorrit Van der Meulen. Or Amazon’s vice president for Europe in person.

And the voice of the company to be satisfied first of all: “I have been in Luxembourg since 2011 and I consider the country as my home. I am proud and delighted that we have gone from less than 300 people to more than 3,000 today ”.

Some will be satisfied with the news without finding anything to complain about other than the satisfaction of seeing jobs being created. Even at a time when unemployment continues to decline in the country, it is one more stone for new hires. Others will be ironic about the timing of this announcement, which comes a few days after Amazon won its case before the European Court of Justice of the European Union.

Skill and cunning pay off big

Thus, on May 12, the authority ruled: the 250 million euros in tax benefits granted to Amazon by the Luxembourg State between 2006 and 2014 were perfectly valid and legal. Enough to escape heavy potential tax adjustments.

On the tax side, moreover, the group which has just achieved a record year in Europe (44 billion euros in turnover in 2020) will not be subject to tax on this amount. Indeed, only the profit is taxed and from this point of view, the accounts show a skilfully mounted deficit. The company, thanks to another clever device, would have even benefited from a tax credit from the Luxembourg State. This time it is about 56 million euros. We better understand the attachment of Amazon’s headquarters to the Grand Duchy as well, right?


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