Flemish Employment Minister Hilda Krewitz will increase support for service checks from 1 January 2022 by €0.13 per check. The CD&V Minister also performs full sector indexing. This means an additional investment from 16.6 million euros in 2022 to 41.6 million euros in 2024.
It hasn’t been easy for the service voucher segment for quite some time now. About 120 thousand employees work in 1200 companies in this sector, but the profitability of these companies is under pressure and the number of loss-making companies is increasing. Much has to do with labor costs, which make up 90 percent of total costs. The increase in wages therefore represents a significant additional cost to companies.
With the increase in employee wages due to automatic indexing, Flanders applies only 73% of the total value of trade indexing. The portion of the wage increase not covered by the 73% check index should always be absorbed by the companies themselves.
In order to give companies in this sector additional financial space to financially breathe, Labor Minister Hilda Krewitz has decided to increase support per check by 0.13 euros from 2022 and implement a 100% index. This means an investment of 16.6 million euros in 2022 to 41.6 million euros in 2024.
By strengthening the companies’ financial position, Minister Krevits hopes that service voucher companies will be able to invest more in the working conditions of domestic helpers.
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