Belgian wage gap widens

The difference between high and low earners has grown in Belgium. Figures from the Economy Ministry also reveal that the gap between big and smaller salaries is wider in Brussels and Wallonia than in Flanders.

Statistics have been compiled on the basis of Belgians'  tax returns. The figures show that the difference between high and low salaries has grown by a quarter between 1990 and 2007. Experts say that the growth in single parent families can explain why more people have to get by on a modest income.

It's especially in Brussels and Wallonia that wage differentials have increased. In Flanders the gap is less wide. The Flemish municipalities were the differentials are greatest include Sint-Genesius-Rode, Kraainem, Sint-Martens-Latem, Knokke-Heist and Schilde.

The wage differential chasm is smallest in Wervik, Laakdal, Opglabbeek and Overpelt.