Belgium - Wage increase 1.2% in 2016 - August 31, 2016

A consultancy firm has quizzed 713 businesses employing over 160,000 people to gain insight into the wage picture. So far, wages increased 1.2% on average in 2016. The rise occurred in spite of the government's decision to put the index out of action. Only 11% of businesses said that they had not awarded any pay increase whatsoever. In the same period, bonuses even rose 1.6%. The figures are striking given the index freeze and the 0.8% wage restraint norm in 2016. However, the 1.2% wage increase remains the lowest since 2009. Many companies are sidestepping wage restraint by offering bonuses instead. Today one in two employees is on variable remuneration. Six out of ten employees qualify for a bonus.


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