Jobs in Belgium

Belgium is regarded as one of the leading industrialized countries among the whole of Europe. There are various jobs in Belgium in the significant industries of:

  • Tourism
  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Textiles

The services industry accounts for 2/3rd of the total work force of Belgium. Belgium economy is heavily dependent on import and export. It exports large quantity of manufacturing goods, imports a good amount of raw materials.

Northern, southern Belgium and Brussels are regarded as the prominent economic zones of Belgium.

There are huge opportunities for clerical staff, interpreters, and administrator jobs in Belgium, especially in Brussels, because both the European commission and NATO are based here. It is also the heart of Belgium’s business sector.

Though Belgium is a small country, it has good job prospects in the fields of public affairs, development and social policy. More than 10 % of the Belgian working population comprises foreigners. A working professional will have to spend a minimum of 35 hours at his workplace every week. Managerial positions require at least 39 hours of work each week. The minimum number of annual holidays are 30 (10 public holidays and 20 leaves granted by the organization). Construction and industry are the chief work sectors of Belgium. Education, health care and hospitality are also recording rapid growth in terms of profit and employment.

The chief industries to work in Belgium are:
  • Metal and engineering products
  • Transportation equipment
  • Processed food and beverage
  • Motor vehicle assembly
  • Textile industry
  • Glass industry
  • Petroleum industry
  • International organizations like NATO and EU
Companies in Belgium look for university graduates who have at least a year’s work experience. Skills in technology are very important for securing jobs, so engineering and management graduates have more chances to get jobs faster. A candidate must also be willing to travel within the city and its outskirts to get the best job. Language is often a problem in Belgium. Other than English, one must learn Dutch or French to be able to communicate properly.
The Major Companies of Belgium are:
  • Accenture
  • Cisco
  • InBev
  • Delhaize Group
  • Solvay Group
  • Randstad Group
  • Sofina
  • Belgacom
  • Umicore
  • UCB

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