The number of part-time employees in Belgium has increased by 28% in ten years.
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    The number of part-time employees in Belgium has increased by 28% in ten years.

    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.

    The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)