Further recovery in the labour market 2015-06-29

The salaried employment has again slightly increased during the first quarter of 2015, as shown by the statistics of the National Social Security Office for the first quarter of 2015. This means that the mildly positive trend registered in the year 2014 continues.

Global view

Compared to the same period in 2014 the salaried employment rate has been characterized by a slight increase during the first quarter of 2015, both in terms of jobs (+ 0.6%) and of work volume (+0.3% expressed in full-time equivalents). As such the global employment view indicates a partial improvement in the labour market. The favourable tendency in the labour market is fuelled primarily by the commercial service sector with especially the temporary agency work as a driving force.

The growth of employment is strongest in the age group of 50 to 64 years inclusive, especially amongst  female employees (+1.5%  amongst the male and +3,9% amongst the female workers), whereas the number of employees covering the age group of 40 to 49 years inclusive decreases ( -1.8% amongst male and -0.9% amongst female workers).

The improvement of employment is strongest amongst the inhabitants of the Brussels-Capital region (+1.3% compared to March 31st 2014). The increase manifests itself amongst the inhabitants of all Belgian provinces, with the exception of the province of Limburg (-0.4% compared to March 31st 2014).

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