Fewer Belgians working part-time

The number of Belgians that are working part time fell during 2013. Friday’s edition of the financial daily ‘De Tijd’ reports that for the first time since 2007 there was a fall in the number of people in Belgium that re in part-time employment.

In 2013, 24.7% of the working population was in part-time employment. This is down from 25.1% in 2012. The percentage of those in part-time employment rose sharply in the period between 2007 and 2012

Leuven University’s Karen Geurts told the paper that the slight fall in the percentage of workers in part-time employment is link to a slowing down in the increase of the number of women in the labour market.

"The number of women in the labour market is increasing less sharply than was previously the case. This is linked to a slowing down in recruitment in service industries.”

The economic crisis is another cause of the fall. Employment Agencies have been especially badly hit be the crisis. A large number of those in part-time employment work for agencies.
Finally; measures taken by the Federal Government as part of its belt-tightening measures, have made working part-time less financially attractive.