The number of part-time employees in Belgium has increased by 28% in ten years.
Sunday, 03 July 2016
In the same period the number of full-time employees increased by only 1.7%. The figures appear in a survey conducted by the neutral trade union for self-employed (SNI). “Full time work is punished in taxation,” the organisation states.
“Those who work part-time will never see their salary halved. It’s better to keep the salary a bit above half of a full-time salary because it will be less taxed,” said Christine Mattheeuws, president of SNI.
According to SNI’s calculation, an employee who works half time keeps 62 % of the net salary.
SNI argues that the tax authorities should stimulate the demand for full-time jobs. “The federal government has promised a profound tax reform. In the same spirit it should ensure that people who work full-time shouldn’t be taxed so heavily.”
According to SNI, Belgium had 1,722,086 full-time employees and 883,694 part-time workers last year.