Belgium - Job increase has not reduced poverty rate - August 31, 2017

HIVA (the Leuven Institute for Labour) reports that many jobs, which were created in the last decade, are often low-quality jobs, with 40% of the new jobs part-time, half of them low-paid, and about half of them temporary. This makes workers more vulnerable. About 40,000 people who managed to find employment over the past 10 years, are still living in poverty. The rate of so-called ‘working poor’ is still among the lowest in the EU, but figures are going up. Moreover, the situation of the unemployed has deteriorated. About 10 years ago, some 30% of those out of work was living in poverty. Nowadays, this is 45%.

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