Telecommuting up by 25% this year

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:05
The number of hours employees worked from home in the first seven months of the year was 25% higher than in the corresponding period of 2017, according to the Attentia agency.
A measure that permanently exempts businesses from paying basic employer’s contributions for the first worker they employ has allowed the creation of over 31,000 jobs so far, the ministers for Social Affairs and Small Businesses, Maggie De Block and Denis Ducarme, revealed on Tuesday.
Belgium’s government is to propose to its social partners to increase minimum unemployment allowances, Social Integration Minister Denis Ducarme (Reformist Movement - MR) said on Sunday on RTL-TVi.
Infrabel launched Thursday the largest recruitment campaign in its history.
People aged 15 to 34 land jobs mainly by spontaneously applying (26%) or through family, friends and acquaintances (24%), according to figures published on Tuesday by the Belgian statistical office, Statbel.
Only 60% of workers receive general training, which is “an astonishingly low percentage,” the Acerta human-resources agency and the Belgian jobs website disclosed on Friday following a study conducted among 3,700 workers.
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The number of employees going on early retirement has decreased significantly in four years, Dr Morgen reported on Friday.
A third of Belgian workers receive meal vouchers, according to the service provider RH Acerta’s study carried out on 40,000 workers.
The federal home affairs ministry has changed the rules on police personnel having second jobs outside the force, police unions said. Police officers may now have jobs on the side, with certain exceptions.