Some unexpected effects of the heatwave

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 11:19
The news speaks of little else these days: record temperatures, measures against wasting water while still drinking enough, the ongoing heatwave (we’ve had two in one month) is the story of the summer, when all other stories seem to disappear. But here are some aspects of the heat that may be…
Chemical and pharmaceutical companies in Flanders currently have 1,522 open vacancies.
Brussels-Capital Region had 90,673 jobseekers at the end of July, a drop of 2.5% on an annualized basis, the regional employment office, Actiris, reported on Thursday.
Technical specialists with an undergraduate degree earn 25% more than the gross average starting wage of 2,195 euro per month.
Belgium has the lowest percentage of all EU countries of women in top civil service jobs, according to figures from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) leaked to Le Soir newspaper.
Two police unions protesting at government plans to cut sick-day entitlements are considering “fine-free weeks” as an alternative to strike action.
Ryanair pilots based in Belgium have been called out to strike on the 10th of August, the Christian trade union, CNE, and the Belgian Cockpit Association, BeCA, announced on Wednesday.
The social tension at Ryanair has now extended to the Netherlands, where pilots working for the low-cost airline have threatened to go on strike if it fails to offer them better working conditions.
After months of negotiations, the Government of Brussels and its social partners have concluded an 11-million-euro agreement aimed at improving the working conditions of close to 14,000 employees (in full-time equivalence), the regional government announced on Wednesday in a press release.
To stimulate more people into finding a job, new employees will be able to receive a tax-free bonus from their employer.