June 16, 2024

The Increasing Popularity of Second Jobs and Part-Time Work in Belgium: A Closer Look

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Over 250,000 Belgians juggle multiple jobs

In recent years, the number of people with second jobs in Belgium has increased. About 260,000 individuals, or 5.2 percent of the working population, now have a second job, up from 3.8 percent in 2018. Highly educated individuals aged 25 to 49 are more likely to have a second job to earn extra income. Although more men used to have multiple jobs, that gender gap has now closed.

The trend of having a second job and working part-time is becoming increasingly popular in Belgium. Most people with second jobs are self-employed and work in sectors such as human health and social services, education, and wholesale and retail trade. Statbel’s data shows that about one quarter of wage earners in Belgium will be working part-time by 2023.

Part-time work is becoming more common among both men and women in Belgium. Women are more likely to work part-time than men for personal reasons such as caring for children or other loved ones. However, women often reduce their working hours while men usually do so for other reasons such as pursuing hobbies or interests outside of work. Working four-fifths is the most popular part-time schedule for both genders in Belgium.

Overall, the trend of having a second job and working part-time continues to rise in Belgium due to the increasing demand for additional income opportunities and flexible schedules that allow individuals to balance work and personal life.

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