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Marked increase in young graduates recruited on permanent contracts in Belgium - Companies

Marked increase in young graduates recruited on permanent contracts in Belgium – Companies

The current situation has placed power in the hands of workers, who are highly sought after by employers who are struggling to recruit. And this can be seen in the increase in permanent contracts.

Partena Professionala Belgian company that supports entrepreneurs, published a study on September 23 which shows that the number of young graduates recruited on a permanent contract (CDI) increased compared to last year.

Thus, from May to July 2021, 48.05% young graduates have been recruited on permanent contracts. In 2022, over the same period, this figure has increased to 51.51%. This increase in the number of permanent contracts is particularly marked in the food trade sector.

In a context of ‘War for talent’ (talent war), this increase is a sign that the labor market is indeed under pressure” Explain Wim Demey, Customer Intelligence Manager at Partena Professional.

Indeed, the “job machine” is today dense in Belgium , confirms Wim Demey to Trends Tendances. “There are many requests from employers to find new employees. There is almost no unemployment, so it is the workers who have the power.

Before, employers had the choice between several candidates, which is no longer the case today. They first hired on fixed-term contracts to see if it would work with their new employee. But now, they recruit directly on permanent contracts, because they don’t want to let the candidate leave.

Customer Intelligence Manager at Partena Professional

The increasingly coveted flexi-jobs

The number of flexi-jobs – i.e. workers exercising a job complementary to their main activity – has also experienced very significant growth over this period from May to July 2022.

Thus, the share of flexi-jobs went from 9.6% in 2021 at 15.7% in 2022, which represents strong growth according to Partena Professional. For Wim Demey, there is two causes to that : “on the one hand, employers are looking for employees and cannot find any – as in the Horeca sector. So they have no choice. On the other hand, we have pensioners who, for example, are looking for a job, because with inflation, the rising electricity and gas bill, they need a financial supplement.

Again, the largest increases are in the food, food trade and SME sectors. The Horeca sector also benefited from this increase. Occasional contracts have in fact gone from 13.94% in 2021 at 18.25% in 2022.

Finally, with regard to the number of fixed-term contracts (CDD), this decreased from 42.52% in 2021 to 40.34% in 2022.

Aurore Dessaigne

Partena Professional, a Belgian company that supports entrepreneurs, published a study on September 23 which shows that the number of young graduates recruited on permanent contracts (CDI) has increased compared to last year. Thus, from May to July 2021, 48.05% of young graduates were recruited on permanent contracts. In 2022, over the same period, this figure has increased to 51.51%. This increase in the number of permanent contracts is particularly marked in the food trade sector. “In a context of ‘War for talent’, this increase is a sign that the labor market is indeed under tension” Wim Demey, Customer Intelligence Manager at Partena Professional. Indeed, the “employment machine” is dense in Belgium today, confirms Wim Demey to Trends Tendances. “There are a lot of demands from employers to find new employees. There is almost no unemployment, so it is the workers who have the power.”The number of flexi-jobs – that is say of workers carrying out a job complementary to their main activity – also experienced very significant growth over this period from May to July 2022. Thus, the share of flexi-jobs rose from 9.6% in 2021 to 15.7 % in 2022, which represents strong growth according to Partena Professional. For Wim Demey, there are two causes for this: “on the one hand, employers are looking for employees and cannot find any – as in the Horeca sector. They therefore have no choice. On the other hand, we has pensioners who, for example, are looking for a job, because with inflation, the rising electricity and gas bill, they need additional financial support.” Again, the biggest increases are in the food, food retail and SME sectors. The Horeca sector also benefited from this increase. Occasional contracts in fact fell from 13.94% in 2021 to 18.25% in 2022. Finally, with regard to the number of fixed-term contracts (CDD), this fell from 42.52 % in 2021 to 40.34% in 2022.Aurore Dessaigne

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