At the hight of the lockdown during the first week of April 30% of the labour force was laid off. Currently 4% of the workforce are laid off under the system. The figures come from a study carried out by the Belgian Enterprise Confederation VBO.
Since the peak in early April there has been an improvement spread over four stages. VBO says that these coincide with important relaxations of the lockdown measures. "
Afterwards it continued to move in the right direction, except for during the last weeks of August when we saw a slight increase that coincided with the initial indications of the start of a second wave”, VBO said in a press statement.