Flemish people work more often in the evenings, on Sundays and in shifts

In recent years, workers in Flanders have increasingly performed evening work, night work and shift work, and can also work from home more often. Only Saturday work has decreased slightly. This is evident from figures about “flexible forms of employment” on the website of Statistics Flanders.

The most popular form of flexible working nowadays is working from home. In 2023, four in ten (39.6 percent) of workers in Flanders worked from home at least occasionally. That is almost double compared to 2013. Working from home has become commonplace, especially since the corona pandemic.

Ten years ago, Saturday work was still the most frequently used “flexible form of work”. At that time, 21.8 percent of workers still worked at least two Saturdays a month. That share will have fallen to 20.8 percent in 2023, or still one in five.

All other forms of “atypical working time arrangements” have increased, says Statistics Flanders. After working from home, shift work in particular increased: from 8 percent in 2013 to 13.9 percent in 2023. Furthermore, 12.3 percent of workers in Flanders work on Sundays, the same percentage do evening work and 3.3 percent do night work.

Men work more often than women in the evening and at night, and they also work shifts more often. The share of men and women who work on weekends is more or less equal, while women work slightly more from home.

By Editor

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