The Rise of Second Jobs and Part-Time Work in Belgium: Trends, Statistics, and Implications for the Future

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 data 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.

The percentage of people working part-time has also increased, with about a quarter of wage earners expected to be working part-time in 2023. Highly educated individuals, particularly those aged 25 to 49, are more likely to have a second job to earn extra income. Women are more likely to work part-time than men due to personal reasons or caring for children or others.

Statbel’s data shows that most people with second jobs are self-employed and popular sectors include human health and social services, education, and wholesale and retail trade. Working four-fifths is the most popular part-time schedule for both genders. Overall, this trend is becoming more common among both genders as they seek additional income or flexibility in their work schedules.

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