The Central Balance Sheet Office compiles statistics from data in the annual accounts filed by enterprises, non-profit institutions and foundations. These statistics can be consulted on-line free of charge.
Statistics on legal grounds
The legislator has authorized the Central Balance Sheet Office to establish 3 categories of statistics based on the data transmitted:
- those concerning annual accounts filed by enterprises under the full-format or abbreviated format model for enterprises: these include overall figures from globalised headings (including the social balance sheet sections), financial ratios and - until the accounting year 2009 - supply and use tables
- those concerning annual accounts filed by non-profit institutions and foundations according to the full-format or abbreviated model for associations: these data comprise overall figures (including the social balance sheet sections) and - as of the 2009 financial year - financial ratios
- those concerning all social balance sheets, whether incorporated into the annual accounts filed by companies, non-profit institutions or foundations or sent in to the CBSO separately: these data comprise only globalised headings.
The statistics are compiled according to the sector of activity and to the legal form.
No statistics are published over this if a certain grouping counts less than 11 enterprises, non-profit institutions or associations.
The explanatory note (Dutch - French) gives all useful information on the composition of the statistical population, the classification for which statistics are available, the meaning and calculation of financial ratios, as well as the classification of the NACE-BEL codes in the sectors of activity.
Statistics intended for European databases
The National Bank of Belgium draws up statistics intended for the European BACH (Bank for the Accounts of Companies Harmonised) database, on the basis of the annual accounts of the Belgian companies. The BACH database is managed by the Banque de France and contains by sector the authorised and harmonised information on the annual accounts of non-financial companies from 12 European countries. More in particular, it concerns the weighted average and the spreading in quartiles of:
- the most important posts of the balance sheet and the profit-and-loss account
- 29 financial ratios.
Indicators relating to the continuing on-the-Job training
Following the conclusions of the Employment Conference of October 2003, the National Labour Council and the Central Economic Council have taken the initiative of calling upon a group of experts for developing a simple measuring tool giving a true and fair view of all efforts made in the field of continuing vocational training.
The working group's final report suggests a scoreboard structured around four key indicators based mainly on data available from the social balance sheet, complemented with information taken from other sources, such as: the labour force survey carried out by the Directorate-general statistics Belgium, the European CVTS survey ("Continuing Vocational Training Survey"), sectoral training funds and centres, statistics relating to sensitive jobs as supplied by the regional employment agencies and tables relating to the number of beneficiaries of educational leave.
The "Table with indicators relating to the continuing on-the-job-training" presents the development of the key indicators selected by the working group, as they can be currently calculated on the basis of the data available from the social balance sheet. The indicators relating to the continuing on-the-job training are related to:
- formal continuing training. Formal training generally refers to courses and training schemes developed solely with the purpose of providing a professional training or education given by trainers or lecturers; the courses and training schemes must not be given in the workplace, but rather for instance in a classroom, a training centre or a workshop developed for that purpose
- informal continuing training, including
- activities involving training, tutoring, coaching or acquisition of know-how by making use of working tools, which take place directly in the workplace or in the working environment
- training or apprenticeship planned by job rotation, exchanges or personal monitoring
- participation in apprenticeship and quality control circles
- self-study (or open learning) and distance learning (reading, cassettes, cd-roms, correspondence courses...)
- initial training: this category includes alternating training (industrial apprentices, independent trainees, part-time schoolgoers).