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Employing staff

Employing staff within the framework of employment priorities in the Brussels-Capital Region
Jobs for the people of Brussels is one of the priorities of the Brussels-Capital Region. While the Brussels economy does create jobs, it is important to recognise that the city’s inhabitants can sometimes find it hard to find one.

Jobs plan for the people of Brussels

The Brussels-Capital Region is the location of over 650,000 jobs (employees and the self-employed), which makes it the country’s main labour market area. That being said, making new jobs accessible to the people of Brussels remains a challenge.

From this perspective, the employment of young people also remains key. Special attention is given to the integration and training for young people in Brussels.

The sectors that can provide jobs for the people of Brussels have also been identified. They are hospitality and trade, construction and the non-profit sector. Other sectors are obviously given the proper attention in the Region’s employment policy, but these three sectors are given priority treatment when it comes to the allocation of resources.

This section provides full information on recruiting staff, managing staff and training staff as well as letting staff go. Information on the prevailing regulations with regard to work permits for foreign nationals and employment contracts is also provided. You can also find information on diversity at work (FR/NL), which Brussels businesses are taking increasingly seriously.

Another rich source of information is the website 1819 of (FR/NL).

The regional labour inspectorate

The Inspection régionale de l'Emploi (regional labour inspectorate) is responsible for checking that businesses comply with all prevailing labour laws in the Brussels-Capital Region with regard to foreign workers, private employment agencies, local development initiatives, entreprises d'insertion and equal treatment.

It also provides information to businesses on the laws for which it is competent and accepts complaints about the poor application of these laws. It should be noted that anonymous complaints are not generally followed up.

You can also contact the Inspection régionale de l'Emploi about any other problem connected to labour or social security law. They will endeavour to refer you to the right body.

Brussels Regional Public Service
Brussels Economy and Employment

Direction de l'Inspection régionale de l'Emploi
Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 20, 1035 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 800 35 00
Fax: +32 (0)2 800 38 07