1,500 cleaners wanted

27th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2007, BRUSSELS – The cleaning sector has openings for at least 1,500 workers. Many candidates are turning away from the sector because of increasing workloads.

27 September 2007

BRUSSELS – The cleaning sector has openings for at least 1,500 workers. Many candidates are turning away from the sector because of increasing workloads.

There are 1,834 cleaning companies in the country, employing more than 49,000 workers. 60 percent of them are of immigrant background. The union representing cleaners ABSU says that the problem of labour shortages has been around for some time, but that it is approaching a critical point now.

The shortage is not only due to a reputation problem. A great deal of flexibility is required as well, for instance. The work tempo has also increased considerably over the past years. "Sometimes there is even stress at the work place," says Hilde Engels, secretary general of the cleaning federation.

One of the biggest problems facing the sector however is the unemployment system, says the professional federation. "A part-time cleaner earns on average about EUR 700 net. Someone who works full time takes home roughly EUR 1,200 at the end of the month. What is more appealing in that case?"

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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