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On Friday 5 April 2024, the ADEM employment agency announced the publication of the 2024 list of shortage occupations in Luxembourg.

This list has been published in the Official Journal (Journal Officiel du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg), as well as on the ADEM website.

This list establishes the jobs that are most in demand among recruiters and for which very few (or no) candidates are available from ADEM. 24 such professions appear on this year's list, compared to 30 last year.

The professions concerned mainly belong to the sectors of finance, IT, engineering, health and personal care, social work and business support services (human resources, accounting, audit and legal advice).

ADEM added that employers looking for qualified workers in the listed professions can benefit from simplified and accelerated procedures for hiring third-country nationals.

As provided for by legislation, the list is updated in the first quarter, based on objective data from the past year: the number of vacant positions declared to ADEM, the number of jobseekers registered for the same profession and the number of declared vacancies for which no connection with a candidate corresponding to the desired profile could be made.

ADEM stressed that, to ensure that the list of shortage occupations corresponds as closely as possible to the reality of the job market, it is essential that employers declare all of their vacant positions to ADEM. The employment agency added that there are various benefits to support them in their recruitment of qualified profiles from third countries.

Employers can make the application for a "foreign workforce" (main-d'œuvre étrangère) certificate directly when declaring a vacant position to ADEM, or subsequently, during the entire validity period of the offer. If the declared position corresponds to a profession on the list of shortage occupations, the certificate is issued within five working days following acknowledgment of receipt.

ADEM added that it also uses this list to better analyse the qualifications and skills that employers need and to organise targeted training courses for jobseekers in the identified professions.