More and more Belgian students work during the academic year, whether it be through student jobs, paid odd jobs, or voluntary labor. The difference between students who work as job students during the summer (77%) and those who work the rest of the year (72%), is getting smaller. Both throughout the school year and the summer break, two thirds of the pupils work. The annual student study by HR service company Randstad, which polled 1,000 students, makes this conclusion clear.
The disparity between students who work during the summer and those who work during the school year has never been this minimal since Randstad’s initial student study in 2004. Less than a third of the respondents then reported having a job during the academic year. That’s now 72 percent, up nine percentage points from the previous year. According to Randstad, this growth can be attributed to both the labor market’s tightness and the more accommodating legal framework. However, the Corona Crisis also had an impact. According to Wim Van der Linden of Randstad, “For instance, a lot of students were deployed – definitely in the autumn of 2021 – to deal with the many quarantine cases at companies.
Similar to previous year, the hospitality industry, retail, government and social benefit, manufacturing, and leisure are the industries that depend most heavily on student employment. The most popular student employment, according to the respondents, is warehouse worker, followed by cashier and administrative clerk. In general, it appears that hybrid working has permeated student work since last year as well. Nearly a quarter of job students worked remotely in the previous year.
on route to record
269,994 students, or 42.6 percent of all job students in Belgium in 2021, were employed by an employment agency. According to Randstad, by the end of 2021, there were already 50% more job students than in the previous record year of 2019. “The shortage has not lessened, and industries that typically employ many students, such theme parks, theaters, and the catering business, are once again operating at full capacity. We will be on track to set an all-time record if this trend can continue through the summer vacation.