Employment in ICT rose 6.3% from the first quarter of 2017 to the same period in 2018
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A growing demand for ICT skills, specialist and support roles helped boost the proportion of people employed in Luxembourg by 3.8% over 12 months.
According to Statec, employment in ICT rose 6.3% from the first quarter of 2017 to the same period in 2018. In specialist sectors and support services, the proportion employed climbed 5.6% over a year. For the latter, “this favourable development derives from accounting activities and activities in company headquarters”, Statec wrote in its report. The ICT boom, meanwhile comes from an increased demand for computer programmers.
“These two branches cover 20% of jobs. They are responsible for 31% of net jobs created between the first quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018,” the report read.
A 2017 Eurostat report found that six out of 10 ICT roles were hard to fill in Luxembourg, because of a lack of qualified people in the country and competition for foreign talent with other countries.
The recent Statec report found that the number of cross-border commuters recruited grew at a faster rate than that of residents (4.6% as opposed to 3.2%). The number of new resident workers who originally came from outside of the EU rose a whopping 11.5% over the same period, suggesting that recruiters are spreading their nets beyond the EU to find the highly sought-after talent.