Support for the re-employment of older unemployed people

This page was last modified on 20-09-2017

Employers who hire older unemployed people may, under certain conditions, recover the employer's share of paid up social security contributions for a certain period of time.

Applications must be submitted to the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi – ADEM).

This aid may not be combined with the aid for the creation of a work-integration job for the long-term unemployed.

Forms / Online services

Carry out your procedure:

  • With an online service

    • Aide à l'embauche de chômeurs âgés et de chômeurs de longue durée - déclaration trimestrielle de créance en ligne
  • By downloading a form

Who is concerned

The aid is available to any private-sector employer legally established in Luxembourg, and is provided for the purpose of employing an unemployed person of at least 45 years of age who is registered as a jobseeker with the ADEM, and who has been without a job for at least 1 month.


The requirement of being registered with the ADEM, as well as the requirement of declaring the job vacancy and the requirement regarding the duration of registration do not apply if the employer is hiring a worker:

Prerequisites

The employment contract offered to the jobseeker must be:

The employee must be occupied for at least 16 hours per week.

The aid is due:

  • if the employee:
    • is fit to work;
    • is enrolled as an employee with the Luxembourg social security institutions;
    • is not receiving an early old-age pension, an old-age pension, a tideover allowance, a professional tideover allowance or a full annuity;
    • is not the holder of the business permit for the company where they are employed;
    • does not work as a manager, director or deputy-director for the day-to-day management of the company or not-for-profit organisation (ASBL) where they are employed;
    • does not have an equity holding in the unlisted company where they are employed;
    • has not worked for the company or the economic and social entity for the 5 years preceding the start of the working relationship;
  • if the employee's spouse or registered civil partner:
    • does not hold a majority stake in the company where the employee works;
    • has not held, in the 2 years preceding the establishment of the employment contract, a majority stake in the company where the employee works.

Preliminary steps

The vacant post must have been declared to the ADEM beforehand.

The requirement to declare the vacancy does not apply if the employer is hiring a worker:

Duration and deadlines

The refund of the social security contributions must be applied for within 6 months of the hire date.

How to proceed

Initial application

Employers are required to file an application for aid for the re-employment of older unemployed people with the ADEM.

The application must be accompanied by a copy of the employment contract.

Quarterly declaration

To obtain a refund of the contributions paid by the employer to the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la sécurité sociale – CCSS), the employer must file a declaration of claim with the ADEM every 3 months.

The declaration must be accompanied by pay slips for the months in question.

Amount and duration of aid

The employer's share of the social security contributions is reimbursed:

  • for 2 years, for unemployed persons aged 45 to 49 at the time of their employment;
  • up to the age of retirement (awarding of an old-age pension) for unemployed persons aged 50 or over at the time they were hired.

If the proposed employment contract is for a fixed term (18 to 24 months), the contributions will be refunded for the contract period only.

Who to contact

National Employment Agency (ADEM)
1, boulevard Porte de France
L-4360 - Esch-sur-Alzette
Postal box B.P. 289 L-4003 Esch-sur-Alzette
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 247-88000
Fax: (+352) 40 59 88
Email info.mai@adem.public.lu