In Luxembourg, prejudice against the unemployed is unfortunately very strong and these stereotypes are "very dangerous", according to Isabelle Schlesser, director of the National Employment Agency (Adem).
During an interview on RTL Radio on Tuesday morning, Schlesser confirmed that "sometimes" employers wonder why an applicant is unemployed and, for this reason, hesitate to hire them. "Anyone can become unemployed", Schlesser stressed, explaining that among those who have currently been unemployed for six months, one could already deduct five months because of the health crisis.
In general, the situation on the labour market has improved. With an unemployment rate of 5.5% at the end of August, Luxembourg is returning to pre-crisis levels, while at the same time almost 10,000 jobs are currently available, which is "almost unheard of". According to Schlesser, there are job opportunities in nearly all industries. While most are in the IT and accounting sectors, there are also jobs available in catering, in construction, and of course in the public sector.
The fact that 16,000 people are still unemployed despite the substantial offer is "paradoxical", but can be explained by several factors, the Adem Director stated. In particular, Schlesser is worried about the over-45s, who are at risk of falling into long-term unemployment. In some cases, people lack the necessary qualifications, while in others, they are unable to continue doing their job because of work circumstances that are changing "ever more rapidly".
According to the Director of Adem, the solution is essentially education and further training, areas in which her administration is "very active" with its partners. Job seekers should also be prepared to "broaden their horizons", Schlesser concluded.