AMELIE-BENOIST / BSIP

Only 2.5 percent still in work after retirement age, less than half the European average

In Belgium, only 2.5 percent of those aged above 65 is still in work; this is less than half of the European average of 5.8 percent. 

In 2017, the employment rate for those aged above 65 (the present retirement age) was at 2.5 percent in Belgium. That's according to Employment Minister Kris Peeters who used figures supplied by Eurostat. The employment rate drops with higher age; for those aged between 65 and 69 years, the employment rate was around 9 percent.

The retirement age will be increased to reach 66 in 2025 and 67 by 2030.  

In the age category 45-64, the employment rate was at 64.2 percent, compared to 69.3 percent in the European union.