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. 

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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. 

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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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