One in three new jobs is in the government

One in three new jobs is in the government
One in three new jobs is in the government

If Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open Vld) prides himself on the number of jobs created during this legislature, that is right. From January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2024, no less than 232,000 net jobs were added, employers organizations Voka and VBO calculated based on provisional figures from the National Bank.

However, one job in three created appears to be in the government. In absolute figures this concerns 75,800 additional civil service jobs.

“The number of government jobs has been increasing for years,” says Bart Van Craeynest, chief economist at Voka. “There are currently 1.6 million people working in government, while in the mid-1990s there were only 1 million. That is quite a spectacular increase. The question is whether we can continue in this way, given the budget deficit that already exists. Can the government continue to grow? Probably not. Maybe we should put on the brakes a bit.”

Voka does not immediately want to make cuts in the civil service. The organization does want the number of jobs within the government to be reduced and at the same time to implement reforms so that the number of jobs in the private sector increases.

The article is in Dutch

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