Sharp drop in collective redundancies in 2017

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:10
The year 2017 was marked by a sharp drop in collective redundancies and jobs threatened as a result of such procedures, according to data from the Labour Department.
The monthly unemployment rate in the Brussels Region went down for the 38th consecutive month in December 2017, and now stands at 16.4%, Actiris reported on Wednesday.
The provisional social insurance payments made each quarter by self-employed persons will be more in line with their real income from the 1st of January 2018.
Belgium’s National Employment Office, ONEM, has found that, for years, the three companies of the national railway group, SNCB, violated social laws due to a miscalculation of the hours employees with 4/5th-time contracts were required to work.
In 2017 the free partner network of the job platform StepStone experienced remarkable growth.
Hourly labour costs increased at a slower rate in Belgium than in the rest of the euro zone in the third quarter of this year, according to statistics published on Tuesday by the European statistical office, Eurostat.
Trade unions are to demonstrate on Tuesday in Brussels in a common front linking three federations to press for “a fair and worthy pension”.
Belgium registered the 2nd highest job vacancy rate – 3.6% - in the euro zone in the third quarter of 2017, according to figures published on Monday by Eurostat, the European statistical office.

Tax shift adds 1% to 3% to salaries in 2018

Monday, 11 December 2017 19:17
Belgian workers will see their net salaries go up from January 2018 as a result of the ongoing tax shift. The SD Worx human resources firm puts the increase at 1.5 to 3%.
One in five persons of North African or Turkish origin says (s)he has been victim of discrimination while seeking employment in Belgium, according to UNIA, an independent public anti-discrimination institution in Belgium.