Belgium, located almost at the center of Europe, has a highly developed and urbanized economy with a core focus on the service sector. The high-end service industries are located in the northern part of the country, while coal and manufacturing sectors are primarily found in the south. Belgium offers diverse and competitive candidates, most proficient in more than one language.
Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent
Accountants, Architects, Administrative staff, IT professionals, Engineers
The top local universities in Belgium include the following:
The salaries of some of the popular jobs in Belgium are listed below:
|Job Title||Average Monthly Salary (EUR)||Average Monthly Salary (USD)|
The payroll cycle is set once a month, and salaries are usually paid at the end of the month.
As of 2023, the minimum wage set by law in Belgium is €1,955 per month.
Any hours exceeding the regular 38 working hours a week are considered overtime and should be paid at 150% of their regular rate. Overtime is paid at 200% of their regular wage rates on Sundays and public holidays.
Most companies pay the 13th-month salary as a bonus to their employees, at the end of the year, before Christmas.
The employer’s payroll tax is at 27% for social security.
Employees pay 13.07% of their total gross compensation as social security contributions.
Additionally, a special social security contribution ranging between EUR 9.30 to EUR 60.94 is also collected from the monthly net salary and is not tax deductible.
|Income Group||Tax Rate|
|0 – 13,870||25%|
|13,870 – 24,480||40%|
|24,480 – 42,370||45%|
Belgium follows a standard VAT of 21%.
An employment contract can be terminated depending on the employment agreement between the parties by serving a notice period, payment of indemnity, or a combination of both. Employees with service over six months have the right to be informed of the reason for termination.
Notice period varies depending on the length of employment. During the probationary period, it is up to 3 weeks, and for permanent employees, it ranges from two to thirteen weeks.
In the absence of a notice period on termination, employees are entitled to severance pay which would equal the amount they would earn during the notice period.
Belgium allows the citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to work freely in the country. A work and/or residence permit is needed for other citizens to work in the country.