Bonus does not entice Fleming to work in Brussels

29th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

Bonuses offered to Flemish community civil servants to work in Brussels have not helped to fill the vacancies in the capital.

29 April 2008

Flemish community civil servants get a bonus of EUR 2,500 euro if they move from Flanders to Brussels.

In the past three years, only nine people out of 1,000 have requested the bonus.

Other companies are also having difficulties getting employees to come to the Brussels region for work, even though they offer an extra bonus.

The KBC bank, for instance, gives employees a bonus of EUR 140 gross to work in the Brussels region. Despite this, there are currently a few dozen vacancies in the 55 bank branches in Brussels.

According to Jan Van Doren of Voka, the Flemish network of enterprises, the biggest problem is the traffic to Brussels. He says that many people take the duration of their commute, comfort, public transportation possibilities and the frequency of connections into account.

"The time that people lose in traffic must be reduced by drastically improving mobility and alternatives."

The Brussels Regional Expressway (train) is a good initiative, according to Jan Van Doren. However, the network is still long from being completed.

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