THE QUALIFIED AND UNSKILLED MINIMUM SOCIAL WAGE IN LUXEMBOURG
As a general rule, the wage is freely determined by the employer and the employee. However, a minimum wage exists based on to the employee's professional qualification. This is referred to as the skilled or unskilled minimum social wage. In addition to the qualification, it may also vary according to indexation.
THE SKILLED AND UNSKILLED MINIMUM SOCIAL WAGE IN LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg is one of the 22 European Union member states which applies a minimum wage in Europe and is at the top of European wages.
The law sets the minimum wage in Luxembourg (more specifically Article 222-9 of the Labour Code).
The minimum wage was latest increased on October 1, 2021.
Age and qualification
% of gross minimum wage
Hourly wage (in €)
Monthly salary (in €)
18 years old and + unskilled
17 to 18 years
15 to 17 years
18 years and up
DETERMINING THE EMPLOYEE'S LEVEL OF QUALIFICATION FOR DETERMINING THE MINIMUM WAGE
A person whose level of education is below the CATP (certificate of technical and vocational aptitude for technical secondary education) or the DAP (diploma of vocational aptitude) is considered to be unskilled.
A person whose level of education is equal to or higher than the CATP or DAP is considered to be skilled.
DETERMINING THE EMPLOYEE'S SENIORITY TO DETERMINE THE MINIMUM WAGE
With reference to Article L-222-4 of the Luxembourg Labour Code, a qualified employee is defined by a level of qualification at least equivalent to the CATP.
If the employee has a Certificate of Professional Competence (CCP) (replaces the former Certificate of Manual Competence (CCM)), they may be considered a skilled worker after at least two years of seniority in the field of the awarded diploma.
If the employee has a Certificate of Professional Competence (CATP), which replaces the former Certificate of Technical and Vocational Training (CITP), they are then considered a skilled worker after at least 5 years of seniority in the professional field of the awarded diploma.
If the employee does not have a diploma but their profession requires a state-recognised diploma, they can be considered as a skilled worker after at least 10 years of service in the same professional field.
For non-diploma occupations, the employee is considered as unskilled except in special cases.