Belgians shun freelance employment for security

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18 January 2005, BRUSSELS - Most Belgians would prefer salaried work to freelance status, according to new figures from the European Commission.

18 January 2005

BRUSSELS - Most Belgians would prefer salaried work to freelance status, according to new figures from the European Commission.

The Eurobarometer survey shows that, given the choice, only 34 percent of Belgians would choose to be self-employed.

Belgium falls into the category of least entrepreneurial countries in Europe, along with Finland (28 percent), the Netherlands (33 percent) and Sweden (35 percent).

Citizens of Southern European countries are more inclined to opt for independent employment.

This rings true for the Portuguese (62 percent), Italians (58 percent) and Spanish (45 percent).

On average, 45 percent of Europeans want to be their own boss, which is two percent less than the figure uncovered by a similar survey last year.

The United States has the most developed entrepreneurial spirit, where 61 percent of those questioned said they would rather be self-employed.

Only 16 percent of Americans fear the fluctuating salary that is often linked to freelance work.

Launching the survey this week, the job-for-life civil servants at the Commission urged more Europeans to take the plunge into self-employment.

It marks the start of a series of initiatives by the Commission over the coming months to kick start EU competitiveness on the world stage.

Meanwhile, an agreement clinched between trade unions and employers organisations is set to improve working conditions in Belgium.

After months of intense wrangling, a deal is now on the table that would raise salaries, ensure better overtime pay and allow for early retirement at 56.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news


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