Summer time is student time

Sandy Heylen
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The birds chirp cheerfully, the sun shines, long pants are exchanged for shorts, it can only mean one thing: summer is here! It also means that many students want to gain experience in the job market. That's why we lined up some facts and figures!

Changes in legislation

Until the end of 2011, there were limitations on student work. You probably remember the limitation in number of days and the reduced solidarity contribution during the summer days.

Since 2012, more freedom has been granted to employers and employees. For example, since then, an employed student is allowed to work for 50 days throughout the year. In addition, the solidarity contribution is disconnected from the period and is set at 8.14% throughout the year, of which 2.71% is paid by the employee and 5.43% by the employer. 

Since January 2017, 50 business days have been converted to 475 hours per year for more flexibility. Previously, a full day was counted even if you worked a half day. However, it is now perfectly possible to work as a student for 3 hours to cover for example a moment of peak activity.

Who is eligible for student work?

  • All students over the age of 15 who complete a full program, provided that they fall into part-time education;
  • Students over the age of 18 who are following higher education;
  • Students over the age of 15 who are studying part-time and do not receive unemployment benefits. They can only be engaged during school holidays. The condition is that they can not be bound to a part-time work contract, a part-time contract, an internship agreement, or an industrial apprenticeship agreement. Attention! Students who are preparing for a central jury examination and who have no other status, or students who have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months, can no longer be employed under student contract. The same is true for evening students or those with a limited program.


Administrative obligations

1. Have a social security number.
2. Prepare the dimona declaration to inform when the student will start and stop.
3. Provide the quarterly DMFA statement to communicate the student's exact hours of work.
4. Subscribe to (or re-check) the work accident insurance policy
5. Affiliate with an external service of prevention and protection of work.
6. Learn about the minimum salary of students (by age and by sector).
7. Carefully monitor the 475 hours per calendar year with the student.
8. Write a work contract for the students. You can rely on common working agreements, but note the specific entries for the students.
9. Make sure the student receives and signs the work rules on the first day.

We advise you to inform yourself at your social secretariat. Should you wish to avoid all the administration, you can count on an agency to handle it. Have your student start via interim and we will gladly take care of the administration.

Does your student have any questions? Make sure to send them the following link: www.studentatwork.be

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