Belgian Workers on the Rise: Statistics Reveal Growing Trend of Multiple Jobs and Part-Time Work

Over 250,000 Belgians juggle multiple jobs

A recent study by the Belgian statistics agency Statbel has revealed that approximately 260,000 individuals, or about 5.2 percent of the working population, have a second job. This is an increase from 3.8 percent in 2018 and represents a growing trend in Belgium.

Highly educated individuals, particularly those aged 25 to 49, are more likely to have a second job to earn additional income. In the past, more men had multiple jobs, but this gender gap has now been closed. The majority of people with second jobs are self-employed and popular sectors include human health and social services, education, and wholesale and retail trade.

Furthermore, Statbel’s data shows that 26 percent of salaried employees in Belgium work part-time. Women are more likely to work part-time than men, with many reducing their working hours to care for children or others while men usually do so for personal reasons. Working four-fifths is the most popular part-time schedule for both genders.

Overall, the trend of having a second job and working part-time is on the rise in Belgium. While the reasons for working part-time may vary between men and women, it is becoming increasingly common among both genders as they seek to balance work and personal life while also meeting financial needs.

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