Remote’s guide to employing in

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Make employment in Belgium easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Belgium, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Dutch, French, and German

  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
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Facts & Stats

  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Dutch, French and German

  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (22 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    1.7% (2019)

The Kingdom of Belgium (Dutch: Koninkrijk België) is a sovereign state, situated in western Europe, and split into three autonomous regions and 10 provinces.

Ranking 14th on the human development index, and 17th on the GDP index, Belgium hosts one of Europe’s most vibrant labour markets, driven by a stable democracy & a diversified economy.

Grow your team in Belgium with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Belgium? Companies hiring in Belgium must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Belgium on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Belgium team. You can also pay contractors now in Belgium with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Belgium, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Belgium may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

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Employing in Belgium

Although Belgium doesn’t have a codified employment law several labour regulations at the Federal level work in tandem to protect workers’ rights. Employees in Belgium enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.

Minimum wage

Belgian labour laws stipulate a mandated minimum wage for all workers. The minimum wage, which is one of the highest in the EU, is reviewed annually to sync with existing price levels.

The national minimum wage in Belgium is €2,029.88 a month for a 38h a week or €12.33 per hour.

Payroll cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Note that by Belgian law, the employer has to pay an additional 13th month with the December salary payment. This is only mandatory for employees that have been employed by the company for at least half a year (i.e. start date as of July 1st of the current year). It is relatively common for employers to decide to pay the 13 month payment to everyone regardless.

Social security contribution

The employee's contribution to social security taxes is set at 13.07% of the gross salary.

The employer’s cost is between 25-27% depending on the date the employee was hired.

Belgian social security contributions cover:

  • Old-age and survivor’s pensions

  • Unemployment Insurance

  • Insurance for occupational diseases

  • Family allowances

  • Sickness and disability benefits

Onboarding time

We can help you get a new employee started in Belgium fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 4 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

12 Public holidays

Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Jour de l'An)
Monday, 1 April 20242Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
Wednesday, 1 May 20243Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
Thursday, 9 May 20244Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (Ascension)
Sunday, 19 May 20245Pentecost (Pentecôte)
Monday, 20 May 20246Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
Sunday, 21 July 20247Belgian National Day (Fête nationale)
Monday, 22 July 20248Belgian National Day (Fête nationale) (Replacement)
Thursday, 15 August 20249Assumption of Mary (Assomption)
Friday, 1 November 202410All Saints' Day (Toussaint)
Monday, 11 November 202411Armistice Day (Armistice 1918)
Wednesday, 25 December 202412Christmas Day (Noël)

Competitive benefits package in Belgium

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Belgium are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Fair Pricing in Belgium

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you


Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app