The Rise of the Second Job and Part-Time Work in Belgium: Statistics and Trends

Over 250,000 Belgians juggle multiple jobs

In recent years, the trend of having a second job and working part-time has been on the rise in Belgium. According to figures 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.

Highly educated individuals, particularly those aged 25 to 49, are more likely to have a second job to earn extra income. Women are also more likely to work part-time than men, with most people with second jobs being self-employed. 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. While women often reduce their working hours to care for children or others, men usually do so for other personal reasons. Working four-fifths is the most popular part-time schedule for both genders.

Overall, having a second job and working part-time is becoming more common among both genders in Belgium as they seek to balance work and personal life while also earning extra income.

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