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 124,000 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 78,740 people in 2019, the latest year for which data is available.
|1. Manpower Group||7,656||26. UPS||1,101|
|2. McDonald's||5,450||27. Becton Dickinson||1,073|
|3. Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Pharmaceutica)||5,303||28. Merck & Co (MSD)||1,049|
|4. Robert Half||3,824||29. Pepsico||985|
|5. Nike||3,447||30. Avery Dennison||947|
|6. Pfizer||3,145||31. ON Semiconductor||766|
|7. Mohawk (Unilin)||3,056||32. DXC Technology||762|
|8. Balta||2,570||33. Eastman (Solutia, Taminco)||752|
|9. Paccar (DAF Trucks)||2,394||34. Danaher||709|
|10. Coca-Cola||2,345||35. LKQ||684|
|11. ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical||2,247||36. TE Connectivity||667|
|12. Fedex||2,110||37. VF Europe||665|
|13. Mondelēz International||1,756||38. XPO Logistics||662|
|14. Tenneco (DRiV)||1,621||39. DuPont||651|
|15. Baxter||1,532||40. Kellogg's||648|
|16. Procter & Gamble||1,408||41. Emerson||621|
|17. Accenture||1,331||42. Fluor||604|
|18. Stanley Black & Decker||1,296||43. Honeywell||597|
|19. Cargill||1,292||44. Aramark||588|
|20. Estée Lauder||1,216||45. Abbott||573|
|21. McKesson||1,208||46. The Bank of New York Mellon||571|
|22. Berkshire Hathaway (Chemtool, Duracell, Kraft Heinz, Lubrizol...)||1,180||47. Adient||570|
|23. Caterpillar||1,178||48. Cisco Systems||567|
|24. IBM||1,177||49. Dana||537|
|25. Aviapartner (H.I.G.)||1,114||50. Dow Chemical Company||535|
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.