US employment in Belgium
US companies are job creators
US companies are job creators. In 2019, the 900 majority-owned US companies directly employed almost 122,000 people in Belgium, representing 3% of the country’s total private sector employment. These direct jobs have also allowed the creation of a significant amount of indirect employment, especially through supply chains and distribution channels.
US Top 50 Companies in Belgium
Over 60% of US employment in Belgium is generated by the 50 largest companies: the US Top 50. These companies directly employed 78,508 people in 2018, the latest year for which data is available.
|1. Manpower Group||7,656||26. Aviapartner (H.I.G.)||1,088|
|2. Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Pharmaceutica)||5,290||27. Merck & Co (MSD)||1.049|
|3. McDonald's||4,971||28. DXC Technology||968|
|4. Robert Half||3,824||29. Pepsico||952|
|5. Nike||3,447||30. Becton Dickinson||948|
|6. Mohawk (Unilin)||3,059||31. Avery Dennison||947|
|7. Fedex||2,822||32. CEVA (Apollo)||933|
|8. Pfizer||2,736||33. VF Europe||791|
|9. Balta||2,570||34. ON Semiconductor||770|
|10. Paccar (DAF Trucks)||2,394||35. Eastman (Solutia, Taminco)||759|
|11. Coca-Cola||2,338||36. Danaher||694|
|12. ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical||2,186||37. TE Connectivity||671|
|13. Tenneco||1,898||38. Stanley Black & Decker||668|
|14. Mondelēz International||1,756||39. Honeywell||655|
|15. Baxter||1,551||40. Emerson||632|
|16. Procter & Gamble||1,449||41. Kellogg's||631|
|17. Caterpillar||1,377||42. Cisco Systems||624|
|18. Cargill||1,304||43. Fluor||621|
|19. DowDupont||1,290||44. 3M||619|
|20. McKesson||1,240||45. XPO Logistics||611|
|21. Berkshire Hathaway (Chemtool, Duracell, H.J. Heinz, Lubrizol...)||1,223||46. Aramark||584|
|22. Accenture||1,218||47. The Bank of New York Mellon||581|
|23. Estée Lauder||1,216||48. LKQ||580|
|24. IBM||1,177||49. Adient||567|
|25. UPS||1,101||50. Dana||520|
Talent in Belgium
Belgium has a talented, multilingual and productive workforce. High-skilled labor is essential for the long-term growth of an economy. It is not only important to cultivate domestic talent - which, thanks to its high standard of education, Belgium does - but also to attract and retain international talent.
Belgium generally performs well in international talent rankings.
- 14th in the 2019 World Talent Ranking, based on its investment and development, readiness and appeal.
- 18th in the 2020 Global Talent Competitiveness Index, being one of the highest ranking countries for talent growth.
- 21st in the Human Capital pillar of the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Report, scoring highest for the skills of the future workforce among the subcategories.