Post Luxembourg remains the largest employer in the country, with 4,620 employees. (Photo: Edouard Olszewski/archives)

Post Luxembourg remains the largest employer in the country, with 4,620 employees. (Photo: Edouard Olszewski/archives)

Little has changed over the past year among the largest employers in Luxembourg, excluding the public sector. Two state-owned companies still lead the ranking as at 1 January 2021. The biggest change comes from Amazon, which moves up from 10th to 8th place.

The Post Group remains the largest employer in the grand duchy, according to . It is followed, like last year, by rail operator CFL, which grew its workforce by 70 people last year, compared to 30 for the Post.

Just behind these two state giants, supermarket chain Cactus retains its first place among private employers.

The first change in the top 10 comes from BGL BNP Paribas, which climbs one place and moves ahead of ArcelorMittal, which lost 240 jobs in one year.

It is the only employer, along with Luxair, among the top 10 to have had to cut back on staff. Luxair, after a year of turbulence linked to the health crisis, lost 110 employees.

The airline also lost two places in the ranking. Its 8th place in 2020 is now occupied by Amazon, which shows the biggest increase: 520 new employees over one year. The company in May said it plans to grow its Luxembourg office to by the end of this year.

On 1 January 2021, the top 10 employers had 38,430 staff combined, a net increase of 750 jobs.

It should be noted, however, that the largest employer in Luxembourg remains the state, with 31,049 employees as at 1 January 2021, compared to 29,320 a year earlier. The City of Luxembourg alone employs 4,333 staff (+152 over one year).