Long-term work incapacity

In 2019, the share of people with long-term work incapacity in private sector employment reached 11.1 percent in Belgium. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must decrease.

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Long-term work incapacity - Belgium

percentage of total employment

 200520102014201520192019//20052019//2014
Belgium6.57.69.29.811.13.93.9
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (2020), National Accounts Institute (2020) and National Social Security Office (2020).

Long-term work incapacity by region - Belgium

percentage of total employment

 200520102014201520192019//20052019//2014
Brussels-Capital Region7.57.48.58.910.02.03.3
Flemish Region5.56.57.88.39.23.73.3
Walloon Region8.09.812.213.114.74.43.7
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (2020), National Accounts Institute (2020) and National Social Security Office (2020).

Long-term work incapacity by sex - Belgium

percentage of total employment

 200520102014201520192019//20052019//2014
females7.29.111.412.314.55.24.9
males6.06.47.47.88.42.42.5
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (2020), National Accounts Institute (2020) and National Social Security Office (2020).

Long-term work incapacity by age - Belgium

percentage of total employment

 200520102014201520192019//20052019//2014
<250.30.40.50.50.31.6-5.6
25-493.84.45.55.96.53.93.4
50-6419.419.621.422.224.31.62.6
>641.11.71.61.71.62.7-0.7
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (2020), National Accounts Institute (2020) and National Social Security Office (2020).

Definition: the proportion of people (aged 16 or above) in work incapacity for more than one year in the total employment (wage earners and self-employed) of the private sector in Belgium. The indicator is calculated by the FPB using data from the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance, the National Accounts Institute and the National Social Security Office.

Goal: the proportion of people in long-term work incapacity must decrease.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

The Federal Long-Term Strategic Vision for Sustainable Development includes objective 11: “Working conditions will be adapted over the whole career in order to ensure a better quality of life and to be able to work longer” (Belgian Official Gazette, 08/10/2013). It is therefore necessary to know the development of the proportion of people who should potentially have working conditions adapted to their needs.

International comparison: there are no comparable data at European level.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs but is related to goal 8, as it gives some information about the capacity of the population to take part actively in the labour market.

Sources

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