One-quarter of all asylum seekers who sign up with the Flemish employment and training agency VDAB have found work within a year, according to a new study by the Leuven university labour support office.

Pilots to be subjected to drugs tests

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:13
Any pilot taking off from a Belgian airport will in future be liable to submit to a blood test to detect drugs use, federal mobility minister François Bellot has confirmed.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will gradually weaken in Belgium from 1.5% in 2018 to 1.2% in 2021, Vice Governor of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB), Pierre Wunsch, said Monday on the occasion of the presentation of the institution’s economic forecasts.
33,612 managers have so far been able to benefit from the measure within the frame of the tax shift which allows hiring “first-time employees” with "zero fees" (exemption of basic social contributions).
"The planned actions will have all the more meaning," the FGTB President Robert Vertenueil responded Monday morning about the new federal coalition.

Nearly one million SMEs in Belgium in 2017

Monday, 10 December 2018 16:15
In 2017, Belgium had 940,440 SMEs, which is an increase by 4% compared to the previous year, according to the Performance Dashboard for SMEs and Independent Contractors presented by the FPS Economy and the Minister of Independents and SMEs, Denis Ducarme, Monday.
Net monthly salaries will increase on average by 36 euros from 1 January due to the tax-shift measure, according to the SD Works human resources agency.

ONEM expenditure decline weighs on CPAS

Monday, 03 December 2018 15:34
The sharp reduction in expenditures of The National Employment Office (ONEM) in recent years cannot hide CPAS’s increase in costs, for social integration income in particular, two CEOs of Hainaut’s public social action centers write Monday.
Belgium’s Council of Ministers on Friday adopted two “Jobsdeal” measures related to the self-employed, the ministers for Social Affairs and the Self-Employed, Maggie De Block and Denis Ducarme, announced.
Labour Minister Kris Peeters denied on Thursday the existence of any figures on the available wage cushion for inter-professional negotiations but noted that the 1996 law on competitivity did not allow for a negative cushion.