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.
The salary of an employee over 55 is 76% higher than that of a colleague only 25, according to service provider Acerta HR’s study on gross wages.
The decision by the commercial court of Brussels to ban the activities of car-sharing company Uber will not stop its activities in the capital, lawyers said in a statement to news agency Belga.
The Brussels-Capital Region ended the year 2018 with 88,317 jobseekers, giving an unemployment rate of 15.7%, the lowest for a month of December in 26 years.