About one employee in four works from home either sporadically or regularly
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    About one employee in four works from home either sporadically or regularly

    No less than 23,7% of the active Belgian labour force works from home, either from time to time or on a regular basis. For employees who are single, the number drops to 17,1%. Single women work more from home (17,8%) than their single male counterparts (16,5%). These are the latest figures released by the federal statistical bureau, Statbel.

    The data come from a more detailed version of the 2017 Annual Labour Force Survey. More than a third of the labour force (34.1%) work sometimes or regularly in the evening (16-23h) and 11.8% must work during the night (23-5h). Men prefer to work more often than women during these late hours.

    The survey also reveals that 36.2% of employees are on duty at least one Saturday per month, while 22.6% are required to work at least one Sunday per month. About 44% of female employees work half time, while for men that number drops to 11,1%. The 4 day out of 5 working week is the most preferred part-time schedule. In total 4,638,000 people in Belgium have a paid job position.

    Sarah Johansson
    The Brussels Times