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Excerpted from the Belgium Career Guide

Within Europe, Belgium has long held an established reputation for finance and banking. It’s a country with an entrepreneurial spirit, having pioneered many of the electronic payment systems commonly used around the world today. The country is widely credited with making the credit/debit system the norm.

Employment Outlook

The employment picture in Belgium’s financial sector has experienced major swings in the past few years. The beginning of this year saw the Belgian labor market begin to experience recovery. However, continuing uncertainty of the EU’s sovereign debt crisis brought expansion to a halt, as hiring and salary freezes were reinstated. The latest salary survey from financial recruitment firm Robert Walters forecasts slow growth in the accounting and finance sector through this year.

In-demand skills sought include risk, cost accounting and Basel III expertise. In general, top candidates with relevant cost containment and cash management experience are still being recruited.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Federation Des Experts Comptables Européens (FEE)
Federation of European Accountants  
http://www.fee.be/
(English)
The Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens is the representative organization for the accountancy profession in Europe. FEE's membership consists of 43 professional institutes of accountants from 32 countries. Its member bodies are present in all 27 member states of the European Union and three member countries of EFTA, representing more than 500,000 accountants in Europe.

Federation of European Accountants
Avenue d'Auderghem, 22-28/8
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (2) 2854085 
Fax: +32 (2) 2311112 
Email: secretariat@fee.be

Instituut van de Accountants en de Belastingconsulenten (IAB-IEC)
Institut des Experts-comptables et des Conseils fiscaux
The Institute of Chartered Accountants and Tax Consultants
http://www.iec-iab.be (Dutch/French)
The IAB-IEC is a professional organization for chartered accountants and tax advisors. Its mission is to oversee the development of the sector, to guarantee the organization of a body of professionals with the necessary skills and to ensure that the norms and ethics of the profession are followed.

IAB-IEC
Rue de Livourne 41
1050 Brussels
Tel: 32 0(2)/ 543 74 90
Fax: 32 0(2)/ 543 74 91
Email: info@iec-iab.be

Publications

De Fiancanieel Ekonomische Tijd
http://www.tijd.be
(Dutch)
The website of De Fiancanieel Ekonomische Tijd (The Financial and Economic Times) offers business and financial news. Information is reported on industries, companies and people of interest to the financial community. A fee is required for an annual subscription.

De Fiancanieel Ekonomische Tijd
rue des Colonies, 56 
B-1000 Brussels 
Tel: +32 (2) 2502611 
Fax: +32 (2) 2502600
Email: abo@tijd.be

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Belgium Guide.



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