L-R: Guy Pütz; Gwladys Costant; Nathalie Delebois; Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour; Isabelle Schlesser, director of ADEM; Frédérique Sine; Credit: ADEM

The Luxembourg Employment Development Agency (ADEM) and the Federation for Recruitment, Search and Selection (FR2S) yesterday signed a collaborative agreement.

The new collaboration for jobseekers was made official on Monday 11 June 2018 when Isabelle Schlesser, director of the ADEM, and Minister of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicolas Schmit, signed the agreement with the FR2S, represented by co-presidents Gwladys Costant and Nathalie Delebois.

The FR2S is a federation created in February 2016 under the aegis of the FEDIL which represents the interests of the recruitment firms and the leading headhunters in Luxembourg. In 2015, the ADEM already concluded a similar agreement with Fedil Employment Services (FES) aimed at fighting unemployment in a constantly changing job market.

The aim of this newly signed partnership is to increase the opportunities of candidates registered with ADEM and to promote their integration into the labor market, since the services offered by FR2S are complementary to ADEM's placement services. The latest figures published by the ADEM have shown that highly qualified jobseekers represent a growing share of jobseekers registered with the ADEM. This agreement targets such profiles and aims to better advise them and facilitate their access to the job market.

The agreement is valid for one year after which a balance sheet will be drawn up by both parties and the effects of the partnership will be measured. It is in line with the agreement that the government has signed with the Luxembourg Business Union (UEL), which also sets out commitments to be made by both parties. One of the selected actions is the availability of ADEM's JobBoard for the FR2S or the dissemination of information for all actors on the labour market on the services of recruitment firms and headhunters and organising recruitment workshops or other initiatives in collaboration with FR2S. 

Nathalie Delebois commented: "It is important for us to combine our efforts in the fight against unemployment in an ever-changing job market that is facing a serious skills shortage in certain sectors. We are confident that this partnership will be a success."