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Labour market analysis for the second quarter of 2018 2018-10-02

With regard to the same period in 2017, the salaried employment rate has increased during the second quarter of 2018, both in terms of jobs (+1.1%) and in terms of work volume (+1.6% of full-time equivalents).  This positive trend is shown both in “Industry and Construction” and in the  “Commercial services sector” and the “Non-commercial services sector”.

The employment of temporary agency workers (+ 3% in work volume in terms of full-time equivalents, compared to the second quarter of 2017) has risen. .

Employee profile

The growth of employment shows almost the same rate among men and women and is felt most strongly in the age groups of 25 to 39 years and of 50 to 64 years. 

The increase in employment is primarily shown in the private sector and mainly concerns full-time jobs (+1.8%).

This increase is applicable to the residents of the  Brussels-Capital Region (+1.6%) as well as to the residents of the Flemish Region (+1.2%) and of the Walloon Region (+0.7%).

Industry and Construction

The trend of the employment on an annual basis in industry and construction is positive (+1.2% in terms of jobs and + 1.8% in terms of work volume).  In most partial sectors, one may register a considerable increase of the employment rate. Particularly the food and the pharmaceutical industries are growing strongly.

Services sectors

In the sector of commercial services a considerable increase in employment can be registered, compared to the second quarter of 2017 (+1.7% in terms of jobs and +2,1% in terms of work volume).  This increase is the result of a strong growth in practically all partial sectors.  Only in the sector “Financial activities and insurances" the evolution of employment is negative.

Globally employment in the non-commercial services sector shows a positive development (+0.5% in terms of jobs and +0.8% in terms of work volume).  Adjusted to shifts between the partial sectors, a slight increase in the number of jobs and work volume (+0.5%) may be noticed for the sector “Public administration and Education". (More information about these shifts is available in the section "Particulars" in French.) The growth in the health care and social services sectors is estimated as such at  +1.4%, both in terms of jobs and in terms of work volume.

Temporary agency work

The demand for workers through the system of temporary agency work has increased.   At the end of June 2018, more workers have again been counted for the temporary agency sector than at the end of June 2017 (+3% for blue-collar workers and +2.7% for white-collar workers). The work volume in terms of full-time equivalents during the second quarter of 2018 was  higher than in the second quarter of 2017 (+2% for blue-collar workers and +5% for white-collar workers).

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Rapid estimations of employment (in French)

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