Finding motivated skilled personel

For many companies, filling vacancies correctly is a tough challenge. At the same time, there are many foreign knowledge workers who – despite their hunger for a job – find it difficult to enter the labour market. Therefore, our ambition is to entice more highly educated non-native speakers into the Limburg labour market by putting our province on the map as an innovative region.

How to deal with international talent? As an employer, you do not always have the right tools at your disposal. Many companies therefore find it difficult to find and match the right foreign experts with their vacancies.
Here, we would like to offer you an overview to help you in your talent search, because we believe in the added value of (international) knowledge workers. Thanks to their unique experience, flexibility and motivation, they help lift the Limburg economy to a higher level.

Please note this list is not exhaustive and campaigns and timings may change. Please always request or check more information on the relevant website.
  1. https://www.uhasselt.be/nl/info-voor/bedrijven-en-organisaties
  2. https://phd-talents-be.jobteaser.com/nl/company_account/sign_in?reloadCookieBanner=true
  3. https://uhasselt.jobteaser.com/en/recruiter_account/sign_in
  4. Intercultural talents: https://interculturaltalents.be/
  5. VDAB : post your vacancy and search for suitable candidates in the region via https://werkgevers.vdab.be/
Also interested in recruiting internationals? VDAB will help you on your way via https://workinflanders.be/for-employers/. For all questions, please visit: international@vdab.be
  • Online job event for technicians and engineers
  • Via het EOJD-platform (European Online Job Date)
  • Employers can participate (free)
2 March 2023 Job fair Universida Polytechnica in Madrid – Spain
  • Onsite job fair at Satelec – UPM voor IT profiles
  • Employers represented by international team VDAB
16 March 2023 Recruitment Day – Work in Flanders – Milaan – Italy
  • onsite job fair for technicians and engineers
  • Employers represented by international team VDAB
1 and 2 April 2023 – Emigration fair in the Utrecht – Netherlands
  • Onsite event (fair & workshops) for all profiles
  • Employers represented by international team VDAB
26 April 2023 FERIA INTERNACIONAL DE EMPLEO Granada – Spain
  • Onsite or online job fair at University of Granada for highly skilled people
  • Employers represented by international team VDAB
17 & 18 May 2023 UPV Jobfair University of Valencia – Spain
  • Onsite job fair at the University of Valencia for highly skilled people
  • Employers represented by international team VDAB
1 June 2023 Jobfair for Newcomers
  • jobbair on site held in Pelt
  • all newcomers can attend free of charge
Do you know of any interesting platforms or job fair events? Share them with us!
1. Bring additional talent to your organisation.
2. Opt for a future-proof HR policy; the Flemish population is becoming increasingly diverse.
3. Reach customers with an equally diverse workforce.
4. Give your company an economic boost; the link between good business results and diversity in the workplace has been scientifically proven.
5. Strengthen the intercultural skills and flexibility of your existing
6. Put yourself more firmly in the international market with employees who are proficient in different languages
All the usual obligations for the employer continue to apply. So does the reporting obligation. For employees covered by Belgian social security, you still have to file a Dimona. For seconded employees, you apply for a Limosa. Anyone not subject to Belgian social security who comes to work in Belgium on a temporary or part-time basis must submit a Limosa-1 notification certificate. This contains personal data and details of working hours in Belgium. Without this mandatory declaration, you risk criminal and administrative sanctions. Although there are various exemptions. For example, for sportsmen, artists, scientists, diplomats and international drivers. Find out more at international-socialsecurity.be.
It is always the employer’s responsibility to check whether employees are allowed to work in Belgium. When submitting the application, have the INSZ number of the employees concerned to hand. Don’t know or don’t have it? Then apply for it online via belgianIDpro.
The application must be made by the employer based in Belgium or its Belgian representative. This can also be a natural person with main residence in Belgium acting on behalf of the employer. In this case, create a mandate with the online service Mahis. After application, the file automatically goes to the competent region.
Submit your application before your international worker’s residence permit expires. If it does not yet exist, you can submit the application while the worker is still abroad. In certain cases, you may also start a procedure if your future employee has been authorised to stay in Belgium for up to 90 days (provided it complies with federal and regional regulations).
Legislation is subject to change. As a result, up-to-date information is sometimes hard to find. These organisations advise and guide you on how to improve your language, diversity and integration services:
– Integration and Integration Agency:
For local authorities and non-profit organisations in Flanders (except city of Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels) integration-inburgering.be
– Unia: for employers in Flanders unia.be
– VDAB: support for foreign-language talent vdab.be
– Stebo: support in finding and keeping a job stebo.be
– The ‘Taal op het Werk’ guide is packed with tips to help expats get started and guides you to the right services and funding channels verso-net.be

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