The state could save up to 37 million euros per year thanks to teleworking

The government can work with fewer offices but better quality offices, according to a first audit on the organization of work in the federal state. The collaboration on this file between Secretary of State De Bleeker, Minister of the Civil Service Petra De Sutter (Groen) and the Secretary of State in charge of the Buildings Authority Mathieu Michel (MR) shows that on condition of achieving the necessary investments, the federal government can save a lot of money in the Brussels region.

These savings are estimated at 37 million euros per year by 2028 by resorting to teleworking and the new working method (NWOW, for news ways of working). According to a survey of civil servants, two days of teleworking and well-equipped offices translate into a reduction of 42 physical workstations per 100 employees. In this way, the federal government could manage with 204,000 m² of office space less by 2028 and 35,000 m² less by 2042. The annual savings will be offset by one-off investments. However, these costs could be recovered within a few years through the termination of existing leases and savings in energy costs.

However, these savings only apply to Brussels. “Because the other regions were not yet part of this expenditure review,” says Bavo De Mol, advisor to Eva De Bleeker. “In Brussels, you have more services anyway, and you have more possibilities to accommodate them together somewhere,” he adds.

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