Student jobs and under 18s are common in Luxembourg. The communes themselves often offer their young residents the opportunity to participate in summer work such as gardening in the commune’s green spaces. In addition, these jobs pay quite well.
Conditions of employment for summer jobs
Whatever the position, you must sign a specific employment contract with your employer for the duration of the assignment. Even if you are entitled to the same working conditions than the other employees of the company, it is important to know thata student job does not entitle you to paid vacations or sick leave. If you wish to be absent from work on an exceptional basis, you must of course obtain your employer’s approval, but you will not be paid during this absence.
Age-based compensation for student jobs
As for the minimum remuneration, it is linked to the age of the young employee.
- Are you between 15 and 17 years old? You are paid 75% of the Social Minimum Wage.
- Are you between 17 and 18 years old? The hourly rate is established on the basis of 80% of the social minimum wage.
- From the age of 18, your salary will be calculated on the basis of full-time unskilled work (40 hours per week).
It is also important to know that student jobs are exempt from contributions to various health, retirement and dependency insurance plans. However, your employer must declare you to the Centre commun de la Sécurité Sociale.
More good news for the student, he/she is exempt from taxes on these earnings up to 14 euros per hour!
Please note: a student working more than 4 months in a school year loses the benefit of family allowances if his/her gross monthly salary is equal to or higher than the social minimum wage.
Where to look for a vacation job?
As mentioned above, the municipalities use their young residents for administrative tasks, seasonal jobs in vacation activities such as Spillnomëtteger, or gardening. If you do not hear from them, please contact your local administration in May.
Temporary employment agencies also list summer jobs. Do not hesitate to consult them.
You can also visit the site jugendinfo.lu dedicated to young people in Luxembourg.
So let’s get started looking for a summer job!