On the Rise: Second Jobs and Part-time Work in Belgium

Over 250,000 Belgians juggle multiple jobs

On the Rise: Second Jobs and Part-time Work 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 statistics from the Belgian statistics agency Statbel, about 260,000 people, or 5.2 percent of the working population, have a second job. This represents an increase from 3.8 percent in 2018. Additionally, Statbel’s data shows that 26.0 percent of salaried employees in Belgium work part-time, with women more likely to work part-time than men.

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

Working four-fifths is the most popular part-time schedule for both genders. Women often reduce their working hours to care for children or others, while men usually do so for other personal reasons. The percentage of people working part-time has also increased over time, with about a quarter of wage earners expected to be working part-time in 2023.

Overall, having a second job and working part-time is becoming more common among both genders in Belgium due to various reasons such as financial necessity or personal choices. While the practice may not be new among highly educated individuals or women who reduce their hours for caregiving purposes, it is gaining popularity among men as well who choose to work part-time for other personal reasons like pursuing hobbies or interests outside of their primary profession.

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