Responding to a parliamentary question, employment minister Dan Kersch (LSAP) writes that the Luxembourgish language is required for, on average, 35% of jobs advertised. To further support this scenario, he said that Adem had issued 7,000 language vouchers for Luxembourgish courses over the past three years.
Kersch adds, however, that other languages, particularly French, are important to get a foothold in the Luxembourg labour market. Indeed, a recent University of Luxembourg study found that French was the most-used language in the workplace and it was the most-sought after in job offers. Contrary to the Adem data, the study found that Luxembourgish was required for around 68% of postings (presumably because it included postings not featured on the Adem job board) while French was required for 76% of job postings.
Kersch pointed out that the language requirements vary between sectors. Luxembourgish is considered essential for roles like teachers and social services, but was needed for just 16% of jobs in the financial sector, 17% of IT jobs and 21% jobs in industry, the minister reported.
French was the most sought-after language to study at Luxembourg’s state-led language school the INL. In the academic year 2018-2019, 5,740 people signed up for French language courses, compared to 5,291 for Luxembourgish. English was the third-most-sought-after language with 1,839 students.