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Record high number of pensioners in Belgium

11:40 06/08/2014

The number of pensioners in Belgium continues to rise, according to the annual report of the National Pensions Office (RvP). More and more Belgians retire with a combined career of both employed and self-employed work.

The number of pensioners in Belgium has been growing steadily since 2009. In 2013, the Belgian state paid 1,895,861 pensions, a record high and an increase of 6.95% compared to five years earlier. The increase is occurring at a steady rate, says RvP, with the number of pensions in 2012 and 2013 increasing by 2.18% and 2.10%, respectively.

The number of people to work their entire career as an employee has increased by 6.23% since 2009, while the number of career-long independents went up by 4.91%. About 33.8% of retirees have a mixed career behind them, partially as an employee and partially as an independent.

Written by Robyn Boyle