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Coronavirus crisis: special measures for Student@work

Updated on September 22, 2022

Are you a student working in the care sector? This message will interest you...

If you work as a student in the care sector, the hours you worked in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2022 do not count towards your total number of student work hours. So they are not deducted from your 475 hours.

The Council of Ministers wants to encourage students to work in the care sector. That is why, on 20 July 2022, they approved a bill that 'neutralises' your student hours in the care sector in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2022. These hours are not taken into account for the calculation of the 475 hours you are allowed to work each year while paying lower social security contributions.

You can read the list of employer categories and joint committees to which this measure applies in the interim instructions for employers (in French)(new window).

‘Working in the healthcare sector' also includes services represented by JC 322 (Joint Committee on Temporary Work and Recognised Enterprises providing community work or services), if you are employed as a temporary worker by an user that falls under one of the sectors mentioned in the interim instruction of 29 July 2022.

Please note: the above measure is subject to approval of the law by Parliament. Once the law has been approved, signed and published in the Belgian Official Journal, this will be confirmed by a new communication.
The technical modifications to the applications Dimona and Student@work will be carried out simultaneously. This means that the application will take into account student hours in this sector for the time being, and that these hours will be removed from the counter later.

Did you work in the first and second quarter of 2022?

As a reminder, other measures were introduced at the beginning of 2022. If you worked as a student in any sector during the first quarter of 2022, your first 45 hours worked have not been deducted from your 475 hours. This is the case for all job students, except those who have worked in the care and education sectors.

For students who worked in the care and education sector, none of the hours they worked in the first and second quarters have been deducted from their count.

Overview of corona measures since 2020

2020 – Hours worked in the second and fourth quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.

2021 – Hours worked in the first, second and third quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.

2022 – Hours worked over the whole year do not count towards your 475 hours.

2020 - Hours worked in the second and fourth quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.

2021 - Hours worked in the first, second and third quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.

2022 - Hours worked in the first and second quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.

2020 - Hours worked in the second quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.

2021 - Hours worked in the third quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.

2022 – The first 45 hours of the first quarter do not count towards your 475 hours.