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The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Belgium

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Belgium

Employing in Belgium requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Belgium with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Belgium quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Employers can add highly skilled talent to their workforce by leveraging Europe's most vibrant job market. Belgium has an attractive and vibrant job market due to its stable democracy and diversified economy (which has been ranked as number 14 on the Human Development Index).

Belgium's strong reputation for high English proficiency, coupled with its GMT +1 time zone, makes collaborating with global teams significantly easier.

Belgium's workforce benefits from abundant opportunities for continuous professional growth and development, thanks to the presence of numerous international corporations within the country.

In Belgium, every remote employee is entitled to a work-from-home allowance of €148.73 per month.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Belgium

In Belgium, while indefinite employment contracts don't require written form by law, it's considered best practice to have a written contract outlining basic employment terms, including:

  • Identification of both parties
  • Commencement date
  • Workplace(s)
  • Description of job responsibilities and duties
  • Base salary and additional compensation or benefits
  • Training and non-compete agreements

Probationary Period in Belgium


Working hours in Belgium

The standard working week in Belgium is 38 hours, after which overtime pay applies (except for senior executives or managers). Employers can implement flexible schedules surpassing 38 hours weekly, given that the quarterly or yearly average remains at 38 hours. Some sectors might have lower weekly limits per collective agreements.

Overtime in Belgium

Overtime work is compensated either through time off or through pay (50% salary for weekdays and Saturdays and 100% for Sundays and public holidays).

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Belgium

Belgium has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 January - 31 December

Fiscal Year in Belgium

1 January - 31 December is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Belgium use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Belgium

The payroll cycle in Belgium is usually Monthly, with employees being paid last day of the month.
12.87 EUR p/h

Minimum Wage in Belgium

The minimum wage for employees in Belgium is typically 12.87 EUR per hour, amounting to ~1,954.99 EUR per month for a typical 38 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Belgium

Belgium has what is called a GMMMI (a guaranteed average minimum monthly income). GMMMI figures for 18-years-old and over are 1,954.99 EUR a month.

Bonus Payments in Belgium

Depending on the Joint Labour Committee, a 13th salary might be applicable. Employers usually disburse this bonus at the year's end, and some may include half of a 14th-month pay. In the initial and final year of employment, the 13th-month bonus is prorated if the employee doesn't complete a full calendar year.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Belgium

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Belgium's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Belgium.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 25.00% on top of the employee salary in Belgium.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Belgium, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 13.07%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Individual income tax is calculated using progressive rates ranging from 25% to 50%.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Belgium

There are mandatory pension contributions through social security, which is paid by both employer and employee. Legal retirement ages is 65 years until January 2025, 66 years until January 2030 and 67 years from February 2030.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Belgium tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Belgium

When it comes to terminating employment in Belgium, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

Employers can end an employment agreement by giving legal notice or paying compensation instead. If employees find the dismissal unjust, they can appeal to court, potentially receiving extra compensation if the dismissal is deemed unfair. Employment in Belgium may be terminated due to one of the following reasons:

  • Layoffs due to business reasons
  • Immediate dismissal for serious misconduct
  • Subpar performance

Notice Period

When ending indefinite employment, both employees and employers must provide advance notice. The duration of this notice period hinges on the employee's tenure:

  • 0-3 months service: 1 week
  • 4 months of service: 3 weeks
  • 5 months of service: 4 weeks
  • 6 months of service: 5 weeks
  • 6-9 months of service: 6 weeks
  • 9-12 months of service: 7 weeks
  • 12-15 months of service: 8 weeks
  • 18-21 months of service: 10 weeks
  • 21-24 months of service: 11 weeks
  • Notice continues to build each year, capped at 65 weeks notice for 2 years and above

Severance Pay

Severance pay only applies in cases where the employer terminates the employee without notice.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Belgium

The annual leave entitlement in Belgium is 20 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Belgium

Belgium observes 12 public holidays. If any of these holidays occur on a weekend, the day becomes a floating holiday that employees can utilise as a regular vacation day.

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Belgium

Maternity Leave in Belgium

Paternity Leave in Belgium

Sick Leave in Belgium

Adoption Leave

Bereavement Leave

Parental Leave In Belgium

Belgium's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Belgium

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Belgium's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Belgium

Make your benefits package in Belgium a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Pension
  • Short-Term Sickness Insurance
  • Workman's Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Belgium

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Belgium within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Belgium create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Belgium

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Belgium.

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