Belgium: Around 140,000 or one in 20 individuals do two jobs for earnings, says report

Belgium: About 140,000 individuals, or one in 20 of those who are working in Flanders, have a second job in addition to the professional activity with which they earn their main income. 

The number of people between the ages of 20 and 63 in the region with a second job has increased in recent years, as per the figures that Flemish MP Axel Ronse requested from Flemish Employment Minister Jo Brouns. 

Ronse mentioned in the statement, “In 2019, before the pandemic, 137,900 Flemish people had a second job. In 2021, that number rose to 139,300, which also represents about 4.8 percent of the working population living in Flanders,” adding that the pandemic did not have a massive impact on these figures.

Along with this, this is the same as the percentage of the total working population with a second job all over the nation, about 5 percent of all employed people are working two jobs. 

Meanwhile, on a national level, this figure has increased sharply, from some 204,000 employed people working a second job in the first quarter of 2021 to 265,000 one year later. 

In Flanders, the individuals with a high level of education make up over half of the group with a second job. 

When looking at the people’s education level, 5.3 percent of the employed individuals who are highly educated have a second job, compared to 4.5 percent among the semi-educated and 3.6 percent among the shorter educated (a secondary or primary school diploma). 

Additionally, 56 percent of men are more likely to have a second job than women, which has been reported as 44 percent. 

Furthermore, within the group with a second job, the share of self-employed activities has dropped slightly: 60.5 percent of the second jobs involved self-employed people last year, compared to 63.8 percent in 2019.


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