The unemployment rate in Brussels was 16.5% last month, according to figures released on Monday by the region’s employment office, Actiris: jobseekers numbered 91,985, which was 4,673 fewer than in November 2016.
Five construction sites were closed down per day in Belgium last year because of precarious working conditions, Het Nieuwsblad reported on Wednesday.
Belgium’s Cabinet of Ministers on Friday adopted a measure allowing workers aged 60 years and above with strenuous jobs to have their work time reduced through a compensatory employer’s allowance exempt from social contributions.

Youthful employment on the rise

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 20:08
The absorbtion of young, first-time job seekers into the labour market in Wallonia increased in 2016 for the third consecutive year, jumping to 58.2% last year, from 56.9% in 2015 and 54.4% in 2014.
The Flemish Employment Office, VDAB, aims to monitor the types of job opportunities explored by unemployed persons on the Internet so as to see if they are really looking for work, the Flemish press reported on Monday.
About 200 trade unionists from the food and allied services sector massed on Monday morning outside a McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Brussels to protest against the use of the UberEATS online platform to deliver hamburgers.
There were 537 “home visits” to unemployed people between September 2015 and June this year since the measure was permitting it was introduced.
The number of students doing temporary jobs topped 500,000 in 2016, for the first time ever in Belgium, according to figures from the National Social Security Office, ONSS, quoted on Monday by the Union of Self-Employed Entrepreneurs,UNIZO, and the human resources service provider ADMB.
In ten years, the number of people in liberal professions – such as doctors, architects, lawyers – has increased by 65%.
The Federation of Employers of the Port of Antwerp (CEPA) has decided to train some 450 dockworkers but, according to CEPA Director Guy Vankrunkelsven, even more are needed to cover the manpower shortage at the port.