Part-Time and Multiple Jobs on the Rise: Statistics from Belgium

Over 250,000 Belgians juggle multiple jobs

In recent years, the number of people with a second job in Belgium has increased significantly. According to statistics from the Belgian statistics agency Statbel, about 260,000 people or 5.2 percent of the working population now have a second job. This is an increase from 3.8 percent in 2018.

The trend of having a second job is not only on the rise but also working part-time. About one quarter of wage earners in Belgium are expected to be working part-time by 2023. Highly educated individuals aged between 25 and 49 are more likely to have a second job as they seek extra income.

In terms of gender, there has been a significant shift in who holds multiple jobs. While more men had multiple jobs in the past, this 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.

Another trend that Statbel’s data highlights is that women are more likely to work part-time than men in Belgium. Women often reduce their working hours to care for children or others while men usually do so for other personal reasons. The most popular part-time schedule among both genders is four-fifths workweeks or three days per weekworkweeks or three days per weekworkweeks or three days per weekworkweeks or three days per weekworkweeks or three days per weekworkweeks or three days per weekworkweeks or three days per weekworkweeks or three days per weekworkweeks

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