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According to Federgon, the Belgian Staffing Association, students looking for a summer job this year may find it a slightly harder task. Based on the general trend of falling temporary employee numbers month-on-month and a cut back in summer jobs due to the economic crisis, there are likely to be 20,000 to 40,000 fewer student jobs than last year according to Paul Verschueren, director of the economic department at Federgon. With the largest losses in technology and smaller decreases in department stores and catering businesses.
Students should not despair however says the association. Since last year, the number of student jobs increased by 3% due to changes in the law which allowed students to work longer. And the fall from 400,000 still means that there will be roughly 360,000 to 380,000 jobs available.