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LUXEMBOURG – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

, 20/07/2016

The Luxembourg government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 10 July 2016.

Salary Thresholds

EU Blue Card holders in Luxembourg must now be paid at least €73,296 per year (1.5 times the average annual salary in Luxembourg), up from €71,946.

For EU Blue Card Holders with jobs in shortage occupations within group 1 (managers) or 2 (professionals) of the ISCO (International Standard Classification of Occupations), the minimum salary is now fixed at €58,636.80 per year (1.2 times the average annual salary), up from €57,556.80.

The list of shortage occupations is as follows:

  • mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians;
  • systems analysts;
  • software developers;
  • web and multimedia developers;
  • applications programmers;
  • software and application developers and analysts, multimedia developers not listed elsewhere;
  • database designers and administrators;
  • systems administrators;
  • computer network professionals;
  • database and network professionals not elsewhere classified.

Background

The Luxembourg government regularly adjusts the minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals.

The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit, implemented in most EU countries, designed to attract highly-skilled non-EU nationals. To qualify, applicants need advanced qualifications or substantial experience, among other requirements. Benefits include the flexibility to change employers or move to another EU country, and work permission for a spouse.

Action Items

  • Review the salaries of current and future EU Blue Card holders in Luxembourg;
  • Note the occupations qualifying for a lower minimum salary.