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Employment for students in Luxembourg: job conditions, salaries, vacancies

Students and school students, specifically teenagers as young as 15 years old, can find part-time work in Luxembourg, for example during the summer vacations. Overall, the work of teenagers and students in Luxembourg is regulated by the government to ensure their protection, fair working conditions, and wages.

Where a student can work during the breaks and the year

Students in Luxembourg have access to a variety of employment opportunities and can gain valuable work experience while studying at the same time or during the breaks.

Traditional areas of seasonal employment for students include work in the HORECA field (the one related to the Hotel, Restaurant, and Catering business and activities), the agricultural sector, and sales. On a full-time basis, students can do freelance orders or become a tutor.

Sales assistants

Students can work as sales assistants, helping customers with their purchases, restocking shelves, and keeping the store in order. Retail stores often hire seasonal workers during peak shopping seasons, such as the summer and winter vacations.

Food service workers

Restaurants and cafes often need extra help during the summer and winter vacations. Students can work as baristas, waiters, or kitchen assistants, depending on their skills and interests.

Summer camp aide

Often summer camps hire high school and college students as assistants for camp guides. This is a great opportunity for students to work with children, develop leadership skills, and have fun in the great outdoors.


Students who are successful in a particular subject can offer to tutor other students or kids throughout the school year or during the summer or winter break.


Students can also work as freelancers, that is, independently from full-time employment.

For instance, they can write articles, edit videos, develop Web sites, or create social media content for companies and individuals, depending on the knowledge and skills they have.

Seasonal harvest workers

The vineyard grape harvester is an in-demand worker in the season. Traditionally, two large groups are busy picking grapes in the vineyards — those are students and retirees from Lorraine.

Where to look for a student job

There are several places where a student can go to find suitable job offers in Luxembourg. You can either do it online, visit communes and seek the help of the government, or even go to a student job fair that is organized annually. Here are a few options on how to find employment while you are still an undergraduate.

Online job portals

Traditional job aggregators are an option, and although many of the offers are not for students, it is possible to find some suitable ones. It's always worth to try and send your CV to the employer, and ask for a paid internship or a job that you can do for them.

Some of the most popular job portals in Luxembourg are:


In Luxembourg, almost every municipality offers its jobs and the requirements for these jobs vary depending on the specific position. Certainly, not all offers are for students but there usually are some offers suitable for students, sometimes they have a separate section for student jobs and sometimes you need to filter yourself through their offers.

The type of employment and the conditions must be clarified in each municipality, you can find a list of all the communes in Luxembourg and their websites on Geneawiki. You just need to find your commune, go to the website and look for the employment section.

If you want to find a summer job in Luxembourg you can check your commune website in April/May and visit it regularly or you can contact them directly for more information.

Jobs for Students Program

The Luxembourg government offers various programs and initiatives to support student employment, such as the Jobs for Students program, which helps students find part-time jobs in various industries.

The Unicareers Fair is open to all students and graduates with less than 5 years of experience.

Country of residence, profession, and place of study does not matter — this event is usually held in September and provides students with an opportunity to find a job or find more information about companies that hire students in Luxembourg.

Specialized sites for young people

The jugendinfo.lu platform constantly offers jobs for students and teenagers and allows companies to publish their offers for hiring young people. Here you can find vacancies for vacations, weekend and evening jobs, internships, and a lot of useful information to accompany the employment process.

The payment varies a lot depending on the job type and your experience but you can get an idea of the minimum salaries in a special section further in the article.

Student Services

Most universities and colleges have student services that offer assistance in finding part-time jobs in Luxembourg. Students can reach out to their school's student services department to inquire about job opportunities.

You can also find more information on working while studying at the University of Luxembourg on their website.

Temporary employment agencies

Temp agencies can help connect students with employers who are looking for short-term or flexible staffing solutions. Some of the most popular in Luxembourg are Adecco, Randstad and Manpower.

What are the terms of employment for students

Seeking a part-time job or a summer job in Luxembourg can be a great way to gain work experience, earn an income, and cover some of the costs associated with the studies. It is important to understand the terms of employment contracts that employers can provide to young workers.

This includes whether you can work full-time or part-time or if there is a limit to the number of hours you can work.

Additionally, you need to know if it is necessary to sign a contract and how it differs from the employment contract of an ordinary worker in terms of leaves, sick pay, and other benefits.

Furthermore, you need to understand tax payments and whether they are exempt, and any nuances about benefits that you may be entitled to as an employee.

We will explore the two main contracts you can get as a student and the most relevant aspects of the contract. However, given the number of details involved in each of these contracts, we cannot go into too much depth and it is important that you consult the Guichet.lu website where you can find all the details.

Student work contract during school holidays

This is a special type of contract for young students who want to work during holidays.

  1. Age restrictions

     From 15 to 26 years old

  2. Educational requirements

    You must be enrolled in a teaching establishment, or you must have finished your studies less than four months ago.

  3. Work hours

    2 months or 346 hours during the school holidays and underage students can work on Sundays and/or public holidays.

  4. Holidays

    There are no holidays but it’s possible to benefit from unpaid extraordinary leave which must be granted by the employer.

  5. Taxes

    The salaries can be tax-exempted if their hourly wage is less than € 14, in this case, the employer must request a tax exemption from the competent RTS tax office. Otherwise, taxes must be paid through a tax return, however, if the remuneration is higher than € 16, the salary is subject to withholding tax and the student must provide their employer with a tax card.

Fixed-term employment contract (CDD) as a student

This is the classic fixed-term employment contract for ordinary workers with some adjustments that make it suitable for students.

  1. Age restrictions

    Starting from 15 years old, but a minimum of 16 years old are required to have a contract outside school holidays.

  2. Educational requirements

    This type of contract applies to students who wish to work, even during term time, in return for remuneration and who are enrolled in Luxembourg.

  3. Hours

    On school time the maximum average weekly working hours allowed is 15 hours over a period of one month and it’s not possible to work more than 60 hours during that month. On holidays this restriction does not apply and the maximum working time is 40 hours per week.

  4. Holidays

    They are prorated based on the 26 days of legal annual leave, depending on the duration of the contract.

  5. Taxes

    The revenue is classified as income from a salaried activity, is subject to income tax and it’s deducted at the source. Therefore, students must obtain a tax card from their local municipality.

The freelance option

Students in Luxembourg can work as a freelancer but if you are looking to do it you may fulfill certain conditions.

As a freelancer, you would be responsible for finding your clients and negotiating your rates. You would also be responsible for your own taxes and social security contributions.

You will work as a self-employed person and depending on the field of activity you should comply with specific requirements, and you may need to register with the local authorities and obtain a business license.

You would also need to keep track of your income and expenses and file your own tax returns.

It is important to note that freelancing can be a challenging and competitive field, and you would need to have the necessary skills, experience, and network to succeed.

Overall, freelancing can offer flexibility and the opportunity to gain valuable experience and build a portfolio of work. However, it is important to carefully consider the pros and cons before pursuing this option and to seek advice from a qualified professional.

If you are interested in this option you can check the Guichet.lu page about self-employed persons.

How much working students earn: salaries for student employment

The salary depends on the type of work, the employer, and the student's experience and skills. You can check our dedicated page about salaries in Luxembourg to get more details about this topic. Here we will examine the specificities for students and young people, that are working during their studies or breaks.

The government has set minimum rates for student salaries in Luxembourg depending on age:

Age% of social minimum wageGross hourly salaryGross monthly salary
+18 years for unskilled workers100%14.1449 euros2,447.07 euros
17-18 years old80%11.3159 euros1,957.65 euros
15-17 years old75%10.6087 euros1,835.30 euros

However, specifically for the student work contract during school holidays, (the first type of contract we reviewed) the minimum rates are slightly different:

Age% of social minimum wageGross hourly salaryGross monthly salary
+18 years for unskilled workers80%11.3159 euros1,957.65 euros
17 - 18 years old 64%9.0527 euros1,566.12 euros
15 - 17 years old 60%8.4869 euros1,468.24 euros

Why students should work

It is becoming increasingly popular for students to work before joining the labor market for several reasons.

  • Firstly, working while studying is a great way to make money and gain financial independence. Living in Luxembourg is rather expensive, and additional money can help you make ends meet if you did not get a scholarship and accommodation.

About 30% of people between the ages of 15 and 24 are employed in Luxembourg, as official statistics for 2021 show.

  • Secondly, it provides an opportunity for students to gain experience and useful skills that can be applied in future careers. This experience can also help students to better understand their own strengths and interests, which can guide their career decisions.
  • Additionally, having work experience as a student is a valuable addition to one's resume and can be a huge bonus when looking for a job after graduation. Lastly, working while studying can also provide an opportunity to build a portfolio of work and demonstrate one's skills and abilities to potential employers.

In general, working as a student can provide numerous benefits and is a great way to prepare for a successful career. The upcoming Career development fair in Luxembourg can help you find one.

There are generally many jobs available for teens and students during vacations, and young people should choose jobs that match their interests, skills, and career goals. There should also be a balance between work and rest since vacations are a time to rest, recover mentally and physically, and prepare for the coming school year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What are the legal requirements for students who want to work in Luxembourg

    The main requirements to have access to student-type contracts are to be enrolled in a school or university and have at least 15 years old but other requirements may apply to specific situations.

  • What types of jobs are available for students in Luxembourg

    There are various types of jobs available for students in Luxembourg, including sales assistants in retail stores, food service workers in restaurants or cafes, summer camp aides in recreational facilities, tutors for academic support, and seasonal harvest workers in agriculture. These jobs can offer flexible schedules that are well-suited for students, and some may offer opportunities for professional development and advancement. However, the specific requirements and conditions for each type of job may vary, so students need to research and evaluate each opportunity carefully.

  • What is the salary for student jobs in Luxembourg

    The government has set minimum rates for student salaries in Luxembourg depending on the age, 15-17 years old are the lowest minimum wage in Luxembourg at 1,835.30 euros per month, for 17-18 years old the rates are higher and are 1,957.65 euros per month. On reaching the age of 18, an adult can claim a minimum of 2,447.07 euros per month.

  • Are there any restrictions on the number of hours a student can work

    Yes, but the conditions depend on the type of contract. For the «student work contract during school holidays», there is a maximum work time of 2 months or 346 hours during the school holidays. For a «fixed-term contract for students» on school time, the maximum average weekly working hours allowed — is 15 hours over a period of one month and it’s not possible to work more than 60 hours during that time. On holidays this restriction does not apply and the maximum working time is 40 hours per week.

  • How do I find job vacancies for students in Luxembourg

    You can find job opportunities by searching on online job portals such as Monster.lu or lobs.lu, by checking the job offers published in your commune, exploring specialized sites for young people like jugendinfo.lu, reaching out to your university Student Services or career center for job listings or guidance, and registering with temporary employment agencies such as Adecco or Manpower.

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