A plan by the Flemish employment and training agency VDAB to recruit around 30 tech staff in Morocco has been criticised by employers organisation VOKA in Flemish Brabant.
Because IT specialists are among the most sought-after professionals, the Flemish employers organisations VOKA and Agoria are also looking for IT specialists outside the European Union.
The unions representing workers at Proximus have announced a call to strike on Tuesday coming, in protest at the company's plan for mass redundancies.
About 34.4% of Belgian SMEs want to take on staff during the first quarter of 2019, according to a survey conducted by the SD Worx human resources service provider among 685 businesses.
Proximus confirmed Thursday its "restructuring" plan, which will entail the loss of 1,900 jobs and 1,250 new hirings, so as "to develop from a telecommunication company to a digital service provider," it said via the Telecom company’s communiqué.
The restructuring plans would affect thousands of Belgian employees.
By 1 December last, 13.207 employees and public servants had applied to buy back study years in exchange for higher pensions upon retirement, according to figures from the minister in charge of pensions, Daniel Bacquelaine (Reformist Movement, MR).
Less than half of the active workers on Belgian construction sites benefit from the salaried construction worker status, De Standaard reported Monday.

Three bookstores close every week

Monday, 07 January 2019 14:06
The number of bookstores has dropped by a quarter in ten years, and an average of three of these businesses have permanently closed their doors each week between 2016 and 2017, a Neutral Union for Independents (SNI) study reveals, based on FPS Economy data.
British chemical group INEOS is about to invest 2.7 billion euros into two factories in Antwerp’s Port, which would be the most important deal of its kind in the European chemical industry in the past 20 years, De Tijd and L’Echo reported Saturday.