New Employment

Flexible work fosters social equality

Globalisation and digital technologies are loosening the screws of the traditional working context. Employers feel it too: one in five sees a flexible mix of fixed personnel and freelancers as a solution. A noticeable and promising figure from a recent study by Securex (February 2017).

The labour market is changing quickly. But the government is taking action. Using the Peeters Law for workability and flexibility, it aims to make labour more flexible.

Belgian employers have responded with cautious optimism to a number of initiatives.

As such, organisations are not just prepared to evolve towards a 50/50 mix of employees and freelancers (21 per cent), they are even open to sharing employees (53 per cent) via, for example, an employer grouping.

A permanent contract has long been considered the Holy Grail, but it has lost its shine for some people. A large number of employees want more autonomy.

What about the security of a permanent position? What about the social security safety net? Securex is pleading for freelancers and independents to be better protected. We have examined, for example, how the statuses of employee and independent/freelancer are growing closer to each other.

This way, we are striving towards more social equality on the labour market. And embracing the fast-changing work context as an opportunity.

Fast developments can no longer be ignored. Do we give people the chance to change flexibly and autonomously? That positively influences sustainable employability.