Remote’s guide to employing in

Belgium
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  • Capital City

    Brussels

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Dutch, French, and German

  • Population size

    11,492,641

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

Belgium Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Brussels

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Dutch, French, and German

  • Population size

    11,492,641

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (22 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    21%

  • 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 labor 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.

Employing in Belgium

Although Belgium doesn’t have a codified employment law several labor 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 labor 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 fixed at 1,955 EURO per month.

Payroll cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments 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

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

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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 practicing “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 fulfill 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

Taxes in Belgium

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Belgium.

  • 25 - 27%

    Social security

  • 9%

    Pension fund

Types of leave

Employees are entitled to 20 days if they work 5 days a week and 24 days if they work 6 days a week

Employment termination

Termination process

Workers can have their employment terminated by the employer, provided there are fair grounds for dismissal provided. These include:

  • Employee's capability or qualifications for performing work of the kind the employee was employed to do

  • Employee conduct

  • Employee retirement

  • Employee redundancy

  • Employee inability to continue working in a position without contravening statutory duty or restriction

  • Other substantial reasons justifying dismissal


Terminations are only considered lawful when they’re due to factors regarding employee capability or an employer’s need to retain a worker’s services.

Notice period

In Belgium, the notice period required varies based on the length of employment:

Employer

Employee

0 to less than 3 months

1 week

1 week

3 to less than 4 months

3 weeks

2 weeks

4 to less than 5 months

4 weeks

2 weeks

5 to less than 6 months

5 weeks

2 weeks

6 to less than 9 months

6 weeks

3 weeks

9 to less than 12 months

7 weeks

3 weeks

12 to less than 15 months

8 weeks

4 weeks

15 to less than 18 months

9 weeks

4 weeks

18 to less than 21 months

10 weeks

5 weeks

21 to less than 24 months

11 weeks

5 weeks

2 years to less than 3 years

12 weeks

6 weeks

3 years to less than 4 years

13 weeks

6 weeks

4 years to less than 5 years

15 weeks

7 weeks

5 years to less than 6 years

18 weeks

9 weeks

6 years to less than 7 years

21 weeks

10 weeks

7 years to less than 8 years

24 weeks

12 weeks

8 years to less than 9 years

27 weeks

13 weeks

9 years to less than 10 years

30 weeks

13 weeks

10 years to less than 11 years

33 weeks

13 weeks

11 years to less than 12 years

36 weeks

13 weeks

12 years to less than 13 years

39 weeks

13 weeks

13 years to less than 14 years

42 weeks

13 weeks

14 years to less than 15 years

45 weeks

13 weeks

15 years to less than 16 years

48 weeks

13 weeks

16 years to less than 17 years

51 weeks

13 weeks

17 years to less than 18 years

54 weeks

13 weeks

18 years to less than 19 years

57 weeks

13 weeks

19 years to less than 20 years

60 weeks

13 weeks

20 years to less than 21 years

62 weeks

13 weeks

21 years to less than 22 years

63 weeks

13 weeks

22 years to less than 23 years

64 weeks

13 weeks

23 years to less than 24 years

65 weeks

13 weeks

24 years to less than 25 years

66 weeks

13 weeks

25 years and greater

1 week/year started

13 weeks

Probation periods

There is no probation period in Belgium. Probation cannot be added in the employment agreement, it has no legal value.The normal dismissal procedures should be used during the beginning of the employment contract, with the specificity that the employee does not have the right to request the communication of the reason for the dismissal if the dismissal takes place within 6 months after the start of the employment contract. He will also not be entitled to an outplacement offer. The termination of the work agreement can be initiated by the employer (in which case a notice period and an indemnity is due to the employee), by the employee (a notice period is due to the employer) or by on a mutual agreement.

Fair Pricing in Belgium

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  • Flexible, localized benefits

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Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralizing 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 labor authority reporting handled for you

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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