Over 250,000 Belgians juggle multiple jobs
Economy

The Rise of the Multijobber: Part-Time and Second Jobs on the Increase in Belgium

In recent years, the trend of having a second job and working part-time has been on the rise in Belgium. According to data from the Belgian statistics agency Statbel, about 260,000 people, or 5.2 percent of the working population, have a second job. This is an increase from 3.8 percent in 2018. Additionally, about a quarter of wage earners are expected to be working part-time in 2023.

Highly educated individuals, particularly those aged 25 to 49, are more likely to have a second job to earn extra income. While more men used to have multiple jobs, that gender gap has now closed. Most people with second jobs are self-employed and popular sectors include human health and social services, education, and wholesale and retail trade.

Statbel’s data also shows that 26.0 percent of salaried employees in Belgium work part-time, with women more likely to work part-time than men. Women often reduce their working hours to care for children or others while men usually do so for other personal reasons. Working four-fifths is the most popular part-time schedule for both genders.

Overall, the trend of having a second job and working part-time is becoming increasingly common in Belgium among both genders for various reasons such as earning extra income or caring for family members while still maintaining full-time employment elsewhere.

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