Those employed in the private sector may if they wish take a temporary career break. They can do this by (for example) taking a parental leave or time credit. Over the past five years the percentage of employees taking advantage of these systems has fallen from 10.7% to 9.6%.
Stricter rules on time credit
More than half of those taking a break from work in 2018 did so in the form of time credit. However, stricter rules on granting time credit and lower payments made by the state to help make up for (some) of the loss of income have served to reduce the number of requests.
The Michel government changed the rules meaning that those wish to take time credit had to give a valid reason.
Acerta’s Dirk Vanderhoydonck told VRT News that “Taking time credit for no particular reason used to be used by people that went travelling while receiving benefits from the state. This was stopped in 2019. If the rules become stricter the number of people that gain access to the system falls too.
Waiting for a more flexible system of parental leave
Parental leave accounted for around one third of all career breaks last year. He too the percentage of employees taking it has fallen. Dirk Vanderhoydonck explains that many employees are waiting for see what the effect will be of changes being brought into the system.
He bases his assertion on the many questions that he and his colleagues at Acerta receives from employees considering taking parental leave.