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Number of students looking for summer work almost doubles

The Au Soleil bar on Marché aux Charbons, Brussels (Wikimedia Creative Commons)
06:21 27/05/2022

The number of students looking for work during the coming summer is particularly high this year, reports Bruzz. In Brussels, student employment agency Deltaworx says it has seen 90% more applications compared to before the corona crisis.

Although sectors traditionally popular with young people looking for temporary work such as the entertainment and service industries are crying out for staff, they are less attractive for today's students. This year, less than half of those looking for employment are willing to consider working as waiting staff or event hosts.

"The corona crisis, but certainly also the current labour shortage, has reshaped the work landscape for students looking for employment," says Jeroen Poels, CEO of Deltaworx.

"That's good news for them. They can choose from a wide range of workplaces and jobs that are in line with their studies. This gives them more opportunities to gain relevant experience," he says. "Due to the much larger range of student jobs, they have also become pickier. They prefer a job that is closer to home and more comfortable."

According to Deltaworx, the cause lies in the corona crisis that forced students to look for a holiday job in other sectors over the past two years, which also guarantee a fixed salary and fixed hours.

"Students are looking for jobs in retail and logistics work with clear planning,” says Poels. “This gives students security when it comes to when and how much they can work and how much they can earn. Something that the hospitality industry and events can offer less with their ad hoc schedules."

Written by Nick Amies