Record number of people from Brussels finding work in Flanders

Last year 10,607 vacancies for jobs in Flanders were filled by people resident in Brussels. The figures come from the Flemish Employment Minister Philippe Muyters (nationalist) and appear in an article in the Sunday free-sheet ‘De Zondag’. The Christian democrat Flemish MP Roberecht Bothuyne who requested the figures from the Minister in a written question told the paper that these are “record figures”   

"Flanders has a lot of job vacancies and low unemployment. This is why we must bring job-seekers from Brussels and Wallonia here to fill the vacancies”, Mr Bothuyne said.  

The Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service VDAB and the Brussels Employment services Actris launched a joint campaign a couple of weeks ago the aim of which is to direct those seeking work in the capital towards situations that are vacant in the Flemish Brabant municipalities just outside Brussels.  

Mr Bothuyne calls for the cooperation between VDAB and Actiris to be continued and intensified.

"Brussels job-seekers that wish to move in order to take on a job in Flanders should have a right to assistance, for example when looking for a home or a school for their children. These a structural solutions to our labour market issues”, the Christian democrat politician said.