Credit: STATEC

Salaried employment in Luxembourg fell by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2020 but rose by 1.3% over one year, according to STATEC. 

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the evolution of salaried employment in the second quarter of 2020. Salaried employment in specialised activities and support services suffered a decrease of 2.6% compared to the previous year. 

As was the case in the first quarter, administration and other public services (+5.6% year-on-year), as well as construction activities (+3.2%), were the most dynamic branches in the second quarter of 2020. These were the only sectors seemingly spared by the COVID-19 crisis. All other sectors reported a decline in salaried employment during this period.

A substantial decrease in the number of employees was observed for the specialised activities and support services over one quarter (down 3.0%). This decline was particularly noticeable in activities of temporary employment agencies, where the number of employees dropped 35.9% over one year. The business, transport, accommodation and restaurant sectors also suffered as a result of COVID-19 containment measures, with salaried employment falling 2.4% in the second quarter of 2020.

During this period, the number of cross-border workers decreased by just 1.0% (compared to a slight increase of 0.1% the previous quarter). Over one year, the number of resident employees rose by 1.4%, whilst that of cross-border workers increased by 1.2%.