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    Mobility within the Belgian job market is low

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    Belgian workers don’t like changing employer, according to a Randstad study. In 2014, only 9% of Belgians changed job, compared to an international average of 14%. Mobility within the Belgian job market is one of the lowest in the world, according to a Randstad study. It looked at 226,578 people in 23 countries on 4 continents, 17,428 of whom were Belgian. Only 9% of them voluntarily changed employer last year, and only 14% plan to do so in the near future. The international average is 22%.

    The difference in mobility between countries is huge. The highest figures are in Russia (20%), Hungary, India and Singapore (18%).  “Japan (6%), the Netherlands (8%), Italy, Spain and Belgium (9%), have the lowest levels of voluntary mobility”.

    It’s unsurprising that the countries with the highest voluntary mobility rates today are also those with the highest future mobility rates. India, China and Singapore are on top, with 37, 32 and 30% respectively. Belgium (13%), Japan (14%), Germany (15%) and the Netherlands (16%) are at the bottom of the table. “The differences are largely due to the institutional conception of job markets”, says Randstad. “Salaries are based on experience, and the sacking procedures in Belgium keep mobility lower”.

    The three main reasons Belgians give for changing job are: the lack of career opportunity, the lack of recognition, and lack of interest in the job. “The main reason workers that didn’t change employer last year and don’t plan to change in the future stay in their job is a good home life/work balance”.

    Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)