Construction: the best paid jobs in Luxembourg

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Published on 24/09/2021, by Marion Peter

Hays, the world's leading specialist recruitment company, recently published its latest study on general recruitment and pay trends in 2021: salary guide Luxembourg 2021.

Today, we decided to take a closer look at the construction sector, to see how it is evolving in the market and to take a look at the best paid jobs.

The construction sector in a nutshell: skills transfer, longevity and prosperity.

Construction

In recent years, we have witnessed a strong increase in the number of inhabitants in Luxembourg with a growth of 4% between 2018 and 2020 and 28% over the last ten years, according to the statistics portal of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. As a result, the need for construction is increasing and new projects for residential areas, single-family homes and other buildings are regularly being developed. The pattern is also repeated here in the field of public works, with the increasing number of Belgian, German and French border workers using the various road accesses every day.

Despite the health crisis, new SME are entering the market and creating new and varied recruitment needs. As for the larger companies, they are continuing their expansion by offering ever more audacious projects.

Some key figures

Luxembourg, with its attractive position on the European market, its favourable working conditions and its remuneration policy, continues to attract a large number of professionals. 

"The unemployment rate is among the lowest in the European Union and the labour market continues to offer job opportunities. - the expert's word - salary guide Luxembourg 2021

Nevertheless, the construction industry is struggling to find qualified profiles. Employers are therefore trying to increase the number of attractive elements for their employees.

Did you know that :

  • 36% of employers in the sector are currently recruiting, both on permanent and temporary contracts
  • 67% offer flexible working conditions

The 5 best paying jobs in the construction industry

1. Operations manager: the construction operations manager manages the activity of one or more production sites specialising in the manufacture of construction materials (concrete, ceramics, aggregates).

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €90,000 and €95,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), the salary can rise to over €150,000 per year.

2. Construction director: a works manager is the central part of a site as he/she is responsible for managing and supervising all the work carried out. 

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €80,000 and €90,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years of experience), the salary can rise to more than 120,000€ per year.

3. Engineer/Project manager: the project manager engineer is required to supervise a project from the beginning to the finalization or delivery of the product. His/her main mission is to ensure the smooth running of the project and the completion of all its phases.

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €50,000 and €60,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), the salary can rise to more than €75,000 per year.

4. Construction engineer: the works engineer designs and organises the methods for carrying out the work in compliance with standards and budgets.

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €35,000 and €42,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), salaries can rise to more than €65,000 per year.

5. Construction principal manager: the main driver is in charge of one or more construction sites. Before starting work, he checks the plans and deals with the prior authorisation of the site. 

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €48,000 and €55,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), the salary can rise to over €65,000 per year.

The 5 best paying jobs in Public Works and Civil Engineering

1. Profit center manager: the profit centre manager's job is to guarantee the financial profitability of the entity for which he/she is responsible.

Between 0 and 3 years experience: a professional can expect to earn between €80,000 and €85,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years of experience), the salary can rise to more than €105,000 per year.

2. Construction Director

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €75,000 and €80,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years of experience), the salary can be more than €100,000 per year.

3. Principal engineer: the works engineer's job is to coordinate the various operations on one or more sites, and to control each stage of these projects, from the response to calls for tenders to final delivery.

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €50,000 and €60,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years of experience), the salary can rise to more than €75,000 per year.

4. Construction engineer 

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €35,000 and €42,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), the salary can be more than €65,000 per year.

5. Construction manager: the construction supervisor plans, organises and controls the layout, equipment and construction of sites.

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €30,000 and €35,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), salaries can rise to more than €55,000 per year.

Interior work

The secondary sector is generally less well known due to a lack of communication by companies, but it nevertheless creates a large number of jobs. There are many opportunities in Luxembourg throughout the country. There is also an increase in the number of construction projects in the north of Luxembourg and, consequently, an increase in job offers.

In order to best meet the requirements of the market, construction companies are mainly looking for experienced profiles. A good command of German is highly appreciated for positions in contact with customers and site teams. 

The 5 best-paid jobs in the construction industry

1. Construction director

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €75,000 and €80,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), salaries can rise to over €95,000 per year.

2. Construction engineer 

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €33,000 and €38,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), the salary can be more than €55,000 per year.

3. Construction manager

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €30,000 and €35,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), the salary can rise to more than €50,000 per year.

4. Business developer: the project manager manages and monitors a project with a high technical and financial value and acts as a link between the client and the company's departments.

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €35,000 and €38,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years of experience), the salary can rise to more than €60,000 per year.

5. Quantity surveyor: the quantity surveyor determines the quantity and cost of the materials needed to complete the site.

Between 0 and 3 years' experience: a professional can expect to earn between €30,000 and €35,000 per year.

At the end of their career (after 8 years' experience), salaries can rise to more than €50,000 per year. 

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