Germany was the top choice for Luxembourg respondents to emigrate to, followed by Switzerland and Canada
If you had to work in a country other than Luxembourg, which would you choose? That was one of the questions put to around 400 employees in Luxembourg in the Randstad Q3 2019 workmonitor.
Germany was the top choice for Luxembourg respondents, followed by Switzerland and Canada. Published on 9 September, the report asked the same questions of some 34 countries around the world. Globally, the top location choices were the US, Germany and Australia.
With a population comprised of 47% migrants, one might have expected a high level of willingness to move abroad from Luxembourg workers. But Luxembourg appeared to buck the trend, repeatedly recording below average interest levels for most motivations.
Only 53% of Luxembourg respondents were willing to move abroad to improve their career or work-life balance (compared to 64% on average globally), 42% said they would emigrate for a higher salary (59% average), and just 35% said they would move for a meaningful career (54% average). The shift came when they were asked would they rather switch careers than emigrate, to which 59% of Luxembourg respondents answered yes (54% average). Some explanation may be found in the fact that Luxembourg has the highest minimum wage in the world and, for certain highly-competitive roles, employers offer generous salaries.
The survey found that Luxembourg respondents were the least likely to have changed jobs in the previous six months, with just one out of ten people changing jobs. Nine out of ten respondents all answered they were very satisfied or content with their current jobs.
Launched in 2003, the Randstad workmonitor examines labour mobility, employee satisfaction and personal motivation in 34 markets. The surveys were carried out with minimum 400 people in each country from 18 July to 5 August.