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Non-Belgians occupy nearly 30% of Brussels jobs

One in four people working in the private sector in Brussels is non-Belgian. Credit: ©THIERRY ROGE/Belga

The number of foreigners working in the country has risen over the last five years, with new figures showing that they occupy one out of four jobs in the Brussels job market.

A report by human resources firm Acerta found that foreign nationals occupied 14.1% of job positions in Belgium, marking an increase of 13.6% in the past five years.

The figures stem from data collected from a pool of around 40,000 private-sector employers across the country.

In Brussels, the number of foreigners at work is higher, with the figures showing that 27.4% of employees, or one in four, was non-Belgian, according to Le Soir.

The number of foreigners is higher in low paying jobs, where 20% of the workforce are from a non-Belgian nationality.

The most prevailing nationalities among EU workers are Dutch, Romanian, Polish, French and Bulgarian workers, according to BX1, while the largest number of non-EU nationals working in Belgium come primarily from Morocco, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Congo, Russia and India.

Additionally, the figures show that there are slightly more foreign men (15.5%) than women (12.9%) in Belgium,

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times