Very low work intensity

In 2017, 13.5% of the Belgian population under 60 was living in households with very low work intensity. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must decrease.

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Very low work intensity - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged less than 60

 20042005201020122015201620172017//20042017//2012
Belgium14.715.112.713.914.914.613.5-0.7-0.6
EU28----10.310.610.710.5------
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_lvhl11, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Very low work intensity by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged less than 60

 20042005201020122015201620172017//20042017//2012
females16.116.513.514.315.816.214.4-0.90.1
males13.313.711.913.414.113.112.6-0.4-1.2
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_lvhl11, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Very low work intensity by age - Belgium

percentage of population

 20042005201020122015201620172017//20042017//2012
<1813.813.412.013.013.813.012.7-0.6-0.5
18-5915.115.712.914.215.315.213.7-0.7-0.7
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_lvhl11, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Very low work intensity by education - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18 to 59 years

 20042005201020122015201620172017//20042017//2012
less than primary, primary and lower secondary education29.227.926.830.736.134.431.20.50.3
upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education12.513.410.011.214.014.613.40.53.7
tertiary education6.46.65.47.27.46.45.3-1.4-5.9
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_lvhl14, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 26/09/2018).

Very low work intensity by household type - Belgium

percentage of population aged less than 60

 20042005201020122015201620172017//20042017//2012
single person30.430.628.730.231.830.329.5-0.2-0.5
single person with dependent children46.539.535.739.437.141.035.5-2.1-2.1
two adults21.321.816.215.315.817.515.2-2.6-0.1
two adults with one dependent child7.17.56.07.66.67.16.0-1.3-4.6
two adults with two dependent children5.05.64.43.36.43.96.01.412.7
two adults with three or more dependent children9.29.58.310.010.312.410.91.31.7
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_lvhl13, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Very low work intensity by activity status - Belgium

percentage of population aged less than 60

 20042005201020122015201620172017//20042017//2012
employed0.20.30.40.20.40.40.20.00.0
not employed44.246.841.043.847.046.443.7-0.10.0
unemployed62.567.157.360.961.761.758.6-0.5-0.8
retired67.172.667.059.967.564.057.8-1.1-0.7
other inactive34.834.733.736.740.641.839.20.91.3
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_lvhl12, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Very low work intensity by income - Belgium

percentage of population aged less than 60

 20042005201020122015201620172017//20042017//2012
quintile 151.754.048.051.953.756.353.10.20.5
quintile 219.719.715.217.216.916.813.8-2.7-4.3
quintile 37.26.33.34.95.73.32.7-7.3-11.2
quintile 42.12.72.31.61.51.41.0-5.5-9.0
quintile 50.81.51.51.20.90.50.7-1.0-10.2
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_lvhl13, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

UN target: 1.2 - By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

UN indicator: the selected indicator is related to indicator 1.2.2 - Proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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