Average employee more than four years younger than five years ago

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The Belgian labor market is experiencing a rapid rejuvenation. The average age of private sector workers has fallen by 4.4 years in five years. This is evident from calculations by HR service provider Acerta.

Source: BELGA

In 2017, the average employee was still 43.4 years old. Since then, the average age has steadily decreased to 38.9 years in 2022. Compared to last year, the average employee is 1 year younger.

Since last year, most employees are in the 18 to 35 age group (now 42 percent). Their share increased by almost half in five years. This is followed by the 35 to 49-year-olds (36.9 percent) and the over-50s (21.1 percent). The share of the latter group fell by more than a third over five years.

Acerta points to aging as an explanation for evolution. “We have been talking about the effect of the aging population on the labor market for decades,” says the company. “These figures show that the outflow of the elderly is really gaining momentum.”

Acerta’s calculations are based on data from 260,000 employees at more than 40,000 companies.

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