Belgium

Guide to Employment in Belgium

Download Country Guide

flag Belgium Public Holiday

  • New Year's Day

    01 Jan

  • Easter Sunday

    31 Mar

  • Easter Monday

    01 Apr

  • Labor Day

    01 May

Exchange Rate

June 13, 20:15 UTC

EUR

Wage

Minimum Wages

  • The National Labour Council fixed the minimum wage at 1,954.99 €
  • 16- 20 years are entitled to 70% - 96%

Median Salary

JOB LEVEL MONTHLY SALARY
(EUR)
Entry-Level Positions (e.g., Administration) <2000 €
Mid-Level Positions (e.g., Finance Manager) 2000 € - 4250 €
Experienced & Managerial Positions (e.g., Senior Finance Manager) 4251 € - 5922 €
Specialized & Senior-Level Positions (e.g., Finance Director) > 5993 €

Annual Salary Growth

7.5% - 11.08%

STATUTORY CONTRIBUTION

Current contribution rates

CONTRIBUTION TYPE EMPLOYER
AMOUNT
EMPLOYEE
AMOUNT
APPLICABLE
TO
Social Insurance 25 - 27% 13.07% All employee
Local Income 0% 9% 7% for non resident
Corporate Income 20% - 25% 0% Reduce if 50% owned by individuals or have smaller profits

OTHER BENEFIT

  • Health Insurance (Dental, Vision, Mental Support)
  • Pension Scheme
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Gym/Wellness allowance
  • Other allowances for transport or mobile phone

INCOME TAX

Income Tax

TAXABLE INCOME TAX RATE
15,200€ < 25%
15, 201 € – 26 830 € 40%
26, 831 € – 46, 440 € 45%
> 46, 441 € 50%

Non-residents

  • with Belgium-sourced income are liable to taxation only on that income and the same rates as residents apply—between 25% and 50%
  • Non-resident taxpayers (including those benefiting from the expatriate tax concession) are not entitled to any personal exemptions unless earnings are 75% it will be subject to income tax in Belgium

WORKING HOURS

Statutory

up to

38 hours hours

5 days

Typical Practice

45 hours hours

8 hours per day for 5 days

OVERTIME

Overtime

>9 hours a day for 40 hours a week: gives rise to entitlement to overtime payment

  • 50% for hours worked during the week, including on Saturday
  • 100% for hours worked on Sunday or a public holiday

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

  • Open ended
  • Fixed-term contract

Termination

Notice period: depending on length of employment

  • Both parties must mutually agree upon other terms in the contract
  • A termination letter is mandatory

PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Paid Public Holidays

20-24

Every year

LEAVE

LEAVE TYPE ENTITLEMENT AMOUNT APPLICABLE TO
Annual Leave 20 to 24 Depends on their working regime.
Sick Leave / Hospitalization Leave No limit After 30 days, the health insurance pay 60% of the salary.
Maternity Leave 15 weeks
19 weeks (if complication)
All employee
Paternity Leave 20 days or 40 half days 3 first day paid by the employee
Parental Leave 4 months, 80% or 50% reduce time Maximum 8 months
Adoption and Foster Care 6 weeks Additional 3 weeks split with the other parents

REFERENCE

Labor Cost Calculator

Where would you like to hire?

With a monthly salary of

equals to

Get Started

 

Cost

Ready To Expand in Belgium?

Have any questions? We’d love to hear from you

Contact Us

Belgium Public Holiday 2024

  • New Year's Day

    01 Jan

  • Easter Sunday

    31 Mar

  • Easter Monday

    01 Apr

  • Labor Day

    01 May

  • Local Day for Brussel

    08 May

  • Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ

    18 May

  • Whit Sunday

    28 May

  • Whit Monday

    29 May

  • Local Day for Antwerp

    11 Jul

  • Belgian National Day

    21 Jul

  • Asumption of Mary

    15 Aug

  • Local Day for Namur

    17 Sep

  • All Saints' Day

    01 Nov

  • Armistice Day

    11 Nov

  • Local day for Liege

    15 Nov

  • Christmas Day

    25 Dec

  • National Bank Holiday

    26 Dec