May 24, 2024 2:03 am
Over 250,000 Belgians have a second job

In the year 2023, approximately 260,000 people or 5.2 percent of the working population had a second job. This is an increase from 3.8 percent in 2018, according to figures from the Belgian statistics agency Statbel. Part-time work is popular among wage earners, with highly educated individuals and those aged 25 to 49 being more likely to have a second job.

Interestingly, there was once a gender gap in multiple jobs, with more men than women holding additional positions. However, this gap has now been closed as nearly six in ten additional jobs are performed by self-employed individuals. Popular sectors include human health, education, and wholesale and retail trade.

Furthermore, part-time work is prevalent among salaried employees in Belgium, with 26.0 percent of workers reducing their hours for various reasons such as caring for children or others. Women are more likely to do so than men due to personal choices or family obligations. The most popular part-time regime for both genders is working four-fifths of full time.

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