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Some 18% of students in Belgium work without any contract

For underage students the proportion rises to 30 % according to a survey. The figures are based on an annual survey by the manpower agency Randstad. In 2005 and 2015 legislation was passed to regulate student work and strengthen the fight against social fraud.

“The risks working without any contract don’t outweigh the benefits granted in the legislation, “ Randstad says.

The sectors most affected by illicit student work are restaurants and hotels (24%) and entertainment (31%). Work without a contract is most common in companies with less than 10 employees.

Currently, students can work for 50 days throughout the year. However, a change in legislation to allow students to work a certain number of hours instead of days was proposed last year.

This would be a good time ”to make students and employers aware about the benefits of work contracts and the risk of undeclared work,” said Randstad. Randstad’s survey shows that three out of four students are in favor of a possible change.

The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)