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Horeca, employee, worker, pensioner…: here is who will be able to benefit from wage indexation in January (video)

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This is the number 1 anxiety of all bosses at the moment, wage indexation. In other words, the obligation for each company to increase wages when the time comes. The good news for workers is that no management can choose to walk away regardless of its economic situation. Everything is fixed in the law or in agreements between unions and management.

If many bosses are brandishing the threat of a 10% increase in January, you should know that this 10% increase does not concern everyone. In Belgium, two different systems coexist. Jean-Luc Vannieuwenhuyse of SD Worx tries to simplify the mechanisms for us. “Some sectors are increased once a year, generally in January, while others are indexed much more regularly by 2%, this is the case for hospital staff for example”.

It must be said, few interlocutors master the subject as it is so complex. The evolution of wages depends roughly on the evolution of the health index “The problem is that there are different indexation systems and not all wages react in the same way to the index. The salaries of civil servants are, for example, indexed the 2nd month after a pivotal index is exceeded, this is also the case for nursing homes. On the other hand, for hospitals, wages are already indexed the month following the overrun of the pivot index”.

Be that as it may, everything will be clearer for the portfolio as of this Thursday with the updating of certain indicators. On October 4 at 2 p.m., the Planning Office will also unveil the new inflation figures. In the meantime, based on Sdworx’s forecasts, let’s try to see clearly sector by sector.

Will my net salary increase?

No, the indexation is based on the gross salary. What you will have in your pocket therefore very much depends on your personal situation, married, single, etc.

You are in the Horeca.

You probably depend on the CP302. Indexing is annual and takes place in January. You will probably be indexed by 10% at the start of 2023.

Are you a construction worker?

Construction workers generally depend on the CP 124. Particularity, they are indexed each quarter and not each year. This year there have already been three revisions, the last one took place in July, +2.42%

You are employed in the private sector.

In Belgium, almost 500,000 people depend on the CP200. Indexing is annual and takes place in January. You will probably be indexed by 10% as well.

You work in health care, nursing homes and hospitals.

If you are in the CP330, you are indexed when we exceed the pivot index. This year you have already been indexed 4 times and the next increase according to forecasts should take place in November. The increase is 2% each time.

You are a pensioner, unemployed or beneficiary of social integration income.

You also depend on index overruns, you have already been increased in January, March, May and August. Next expected revenue increase: November.

You are in the public service

Same principle, you depend on the index, the increases are 2%, the next increase is scheduled for December 2022.