You can work under the 475 hour regulation if you:
- are a student;
- are old enough;
- are not working when you are supposed to be in training or other school activities.
Are you a student?
For the purposes of calculating social contributions you are a student when:
- you are following a recognised course of study in a secondary, higher or university education
- studying is your main activity and any job is clearly a subordinate activity. For instance: an employee studying for a bachelor degree after his working day is not considered a student.
You are no longer considered a student if:
- you have a contract of 12 months or more with an employer. Once these 12 months have passed you can no longer perform a student job for this employer. From then on you and your employer will have to pay the normal social contributions in any case. However, you can still take on a student job with another employer.
- you are attending night school or any other form of education with a restricted curriculum. In this case also you can no longer take on a student job.
Are you old enough?
You must be of a certain minimum age to be allowed to work as a job student.
You can start as a job student once you are:
- 16 years old
- 15 years old and have finished the first two years of secondary education
Do you attend school part-time?
If you attend school part-time, you can only work as a student if:
- you conclude a student agreement with a different employer than the one where you follow your practical training in the workplace;
- you conclude a student agreement with the same employer than the one who looks after your practical training, but for a period in time when the apprenticeship agreement is not applicable;
- your student job takes place outside the hours you are expected to follow your theoretical or practical training;
- you do not receive any unemployment benefit or integration allowance.