The port generates 60,656 direct full-time jobs. But many more people in Flanders owe their job indirectly to the port. These 142,348 full-time jobs account for 6.5% of the employment in Flanders and 3.7% of the employment in Belgium. The majority (16,000) live in Antwerp. Others live in East Flanders, the rest of the Province of Antwerp and the southern provinces of the Netherlands. 

People who work have more purchasing power. What’s more, income tax creates additional opportunities for the government. To assure the continuous, sustainable growth of employment in the port, the port community pays attention to 

  • safety (fewer occupational accidents);
  • engagement of employees (offering a competitive salary and other attractive benefits);
  • diversity (cultural background, male vs. female ratio, newcomers…);
  • training and competence development;
  • solutions for commuter traffic;
  • activation of jobseekers for shortage occupations;
  • employment security.

Besides this, there are also opportunities for social employment. Social enterprises create opportunities for disadvantaged groups. These enterprises have a social impact as well as making a financial profit. 

That is why the Government of Flanders also supports projects of social entrepreneurs, from the non-commercial sector with a (wage) subsidy. 

Sustainable Development Goals Port of Antwerp


World Ports Sustainability Program 2018

The international maritime community is taking up the challenge to shape a sustainable supply chain for the future. With the World Ports Sustainability Program, launched in the Port of Antwerp, the worldwide port community commits itself to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.