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

Over 250,000 Belgians juggle multiple jobs

In recent years, the practice of having a second job and working part-time has become increasingly common 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.

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.

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. Women are more likely to work part-time than men, often reducing their working hours to care for children or others while men usually do so for other personal reasons. Working four-fifths is the most popular part-time schedule for both genders.

Overall, the trend of having a second job and working part-time is on the rise in Belgium as more people seek additional income and better work-life balance options.

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