A four-day working week for staff aged 55 and over without any loss of pay or pension contributions has been introduced by The Brussels municipality of Saint-Josse.
The voluntary measure aims to improve work-life balance for the council’s longest-serving staff, while also opening up new opportunities for younger jobseekers.
Of the 120 municipal staff who meet the age criteria, 95 have opted to reduce their working time since 1 February, across all roles and pay grades.
To compensate, Saint-Josse will be hiring 20 new full-time staff.
The measure will cost the municipality about €800,000 a year.
The scheme will be tested out for two years – and if successful could be extended to workers of other ages.
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