Young people, women and highly-skilled people in particular are looking for another job
Focus on the labour market in Belgium
4.3 % of all workers in Belgium say they are looking for another job. This is what Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, has found in a new series of figures on the Belgian labour market. This number amounts to 4.8 % for women and 3.9 % for men. Mostly young people (15-24), 25-49 year olds and highly-skilled people are looking for another job.
On average, 4,638,000 persons are employed in Belgium. This is what emerged from the key labour market indicators in Belgium for 2017, published by Statbel at the end of March. Additional data from the Labour Force Survey will be published today, including data on the search for another job.
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In the context of International Women's Day, Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, takes a closer look at the employment rate of women with and without children.
In Belgium, on average 75.3 % of women aged 25 to 49 are in work. For men in the same age group, this proportion amounts to 84 %. The number of children (up to 16 years old) in the household makes a big difference.
When it comes to employment, the proportion of women without children is practically the same as that of men: 77.5 % of women and 78.1 % of men without children have a job.
If the woman has one child, the employment rate decreases to 76.5 %, while it rises sharply to 88.7 % for men with one child.
However, a woman with two children is more often in work than the average of women: 79.1 %. The employment rate is also the highest for men with two children: 93 %.
For women with three children or more, the employment rate decreases sharply: 56.8 % of them are in work. For men with three children or more, this rate amounts to 84 %.