Blue map, Indians and technology problems

There are no problems with the credit card: when we have a request, we consider it, and if it meets all the criteria, we confirm it. The then Minister of Labor, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy, Nicholas Schmidt (LSAP), who was regularly approached on this issue, said he saw no problem in obtaining this status, created in Europe to recruit highly qualified non-European workers in the face of growing talent shortages and learning opportunities.

Today, Luxembourg has the highest historical level of blue card issuance. After a year of Covid, which inevitably slowed down recruitment because no one could leave the house and which slightly distorts the statistics, 1,006 people were allowed to work for the company, which was founded in Luxembourg last year. The total is divided between 653 new cards and 353 credit card updates. A ridiculous figure both for the 12,000 vacancies at the end of the year in the labor market and for the 28,858 blue cards issued in Germany at the end of 2019, 2,104 cards in Poland or 2,036 cards in France. .

In ten years, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is responsible for this topic, 23.3% of Indians, 16.2% of Americans and 10.5% of Russians have received these work permits, only to stay in the first three nationalities listed in the statistics. ministry.

Higher salary, cost of living too

This figure can be explained by several phenomena, ranging from the difficulties of international visibility for startups in a very quiet world, more precisely, the level of wages that must be achieved to hope for the green light from immigration. Today, the employer has to offer a salary of more than 83,628 euros per year, ie one and a half times the average annual salary, or “only” 66,902.40 euros for a list of 12 categories of professions: mathematics, actuarial and statistics; systems analysts; software designers; web designers; application programmers; software developers and analysts; database specialists; system administrators; computer network specialists; others (databases and network).

If the base amount seems higher than our neighbors (€ 56,400 in Germany, € 56,112 in Belgium for a blue card and € 43,395 for “highly qualified staff” and € 53,386 in France), these desirable workers should be able to find housing. in a country with dignity or hope for a happy private life when they are not busy.

Needs are broader than technology

Three categories of work are distributed almost equally: software and multimedia developers and analysts (17.3%), administrative specialists (17%) and financial specialists (16.5%) – the weight of the Square is obligatory.

This brings water to the mill of Michel Bain, a professor of international economics at the University of Luxembourg and a member of the IDEA Scientific Council, who in a note to the Foundation at the end of the year regretted that the list of “favorable” professions had not been updated since 2015.

“While this industry undoubtedly suffers the most from a shortage of skilled workers and contributes most to the shortage of skills at the global level, it is nevertheless not the only one experiencing this phenomenon,” he explains. teacher. “Other sectors face difficulties in recruiting (…). Sectors that are important to Luxembourg’s economy, such as accounting and auditing, and some of them, are also experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff. “

Baine’s remarks are now accompanied by a growing challenge: finding candidates with the right skills, especially in technology, in the face of “talent-savvy” technical names. 91% of candidates do not apply for a job because they do not think they have the right skills, 42% of companies in finance and 39% in technology believe that they do not have them, and recruiters do not waste time. in 87% of the profiles they encounter for this reason, according to the global report Monster’s Future of work 2022, which does not focus on Luxembourg.

Fewer requirements in subsequent years

The advantage of relying on global reports is to compete globally around talent, where Luxembourg can play on the quality of its life, its healthcare system (even at the risk of a shortage of nurses), family protection or paid leave. , while others establish very specific measures for lifelong learning, flexible working hours or even distance work.

And employers are interested in being convincing, because 28-34-year-olds are both the best prepared and the most skeptical, not neglecting snacks before deciding where to settle permanently, and sometimes not for professional reasons.

Finding the right credit card has become so difficult that the European Union has decided to revise its system: lowering the salary limit, matching the necessary experience with the time required to obtain a qualification (especially in the two professions, managers, information technology and communications and information technology specialists). ), enhanced recognition of professional experience rather than diploma, obligation to justify refusal or even speed up the process, which is currently being established three months after the full application and decision, etc.

A draft law on the transposition of the new European directive is currently being drafted, the ministry said.