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The Future for Low-Educated Workers in Belgium

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The world of work is changing as a result of technological progress, globalisation and population ageing. The future of work holds many opportunities, but also presents distinct risks which tend to be greater for some population sub-groups, including low-educated workers. This report documents how the labour market for low-educated workers in Belgium has evolved in recent years and what the future might hold for them in terms of both job quality and quantity. Based on comparisons with neighbouring countries, the report seeks to provide policy advice to ensure that low-educated workers are not left behind by the changes that lie ahead.

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The labour market outcomes of the low-educated

This chapter reviews the labour market outcomes of the low-educated in Belgium, focusing on both job quantity and job quality aspects. The employment rate of the low-educated is very low compared to neighbouring countries, which is due in particular to a very low participation rate. There are also important regional differences in these outcomes. By contrast, job quality for the low-educated in Belgium is relatively high compared to neighbouring countries. The low-educated in Belgium who are in work enjoy relatively high wages and are less likely to be in non-standard work compared to their peers in neighbouring countries.

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