Only 2.5 percent still in work after retirement age, less than half the European average

In Belgium, only 2.5 percent of those aged above 65 is still in work; this is less than half of the European average of 5.8 percent.

In 2017, the employment rate for those aged above 65 (the present retirement age) was at 2.5 percent in Belgium. That’s according to Employment Minister Kris Peeters who used figures supplied by Eurostat. The employment rate drops with higher age; for those aged between 65 and 69 years, the employment rate was around 9 percent.

The retirement age will be increased to reach 66 in 2025 and 67 by 2030.

In the age category 45-64, the employment rate was at 64.2 percent, compared to 69.3 percent in the European union.

The author: Michel THEYS

Michel Theys, a Belgian native, began his career as a civil servant, serving the public for several decades. After retirement, he shifted gears to follow his passion for journalism. With a background in public administration, Theys brought a unique perspective to his reporting. His insightful articles, covering a wide array of topics, swiftly gained recognition. Today, Michel Theys is a respected journalist known for his balanced and thoughtful reporting in the Belgian media landscape.

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