Hire employees in Belgium, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Belgium. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

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Employee - Belgium

Hire employees in Belgium No entity needed.

Usually, to hire in Belgium,  your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.

Belgium also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Belgium quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

All the necessary benefits for Belgium built right in

Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Belgium within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Worker Compensation Insurance

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    Quick Overview

    Currency: Euro (EUR)

    Capital: Brussels

    Official language: Dutch, French and German

    Payroll Cycle: Monthly

    Statutory Holidays

    Paid Time Off

    In Belgium, employees are entitled to 20 days of paid holiday a year. Holiday entitlement is built up in the previous calendar year, regardless of which employer(s) the individual worked for.Holiday pay in Belgium consists of a single and double holiday pay equal to approximately a month’s salary to be paid in June and December.

    Public Holidays

    • New Year’s Day
    • Easter Monday
    • Labour Day
    • Ascension Day
    • White-Monday
    • Belgium National Holiday
    • Assumption Day
    • All Saint’s Day
    • Armistice Day 1918
    • Christmas Day

    Additional regional holidays may also apply.

    General Taxation

    Individual Income Tax

    The individual income tax depends on many variables, such as marital status, level of income, etc. The average ranges from 25% to 50%

    Employer Cost

    Approximately, 27.5% - 40% of employee salary

    Additional information

    Employment Contract Details

    Contracts must always be in writing and specify the type of agreed employment, trial period, restrictive covenants and notice. There are specific rules governing the language used to write employment contracts due to linguistic diversity from region to region in Belgium.Contract backdating

    Contracts must be signed at least 5 days before start date ****as employee needs to be registered by employer before start date.

    Probation Period

    There is no probation for contracts starting on and after January 2014 in Belgium.

    Minimum Wage Requirements

    The minimum wage in Belgium is EUR 1,593.81 per month.

    Maximum working hours and overtime

    Normal working time is generally 38 hours per week. However workers can work up to 40 effective hours of work if 12 compensatory days for the rest the year are granted. Work exceeding 40 hours per week entitles the worker to overtime payment.

    Bonus and expense payments

    There is no mandatory requirement relating to the payment of bonuses. A 13th month salary payment may be applicable depending on the Collective Bargaining Agreement that is in force.

    Parental Leave

    Working parents are entitled to 4 months’ parental leave if they have at least 12 months’ service with their employer (in total, during the previous 15 months). The entitlement is an individual and parents can take leave together or at different times. It must be taken before the child turns 12 years old (or 21 if the child has a disability).

    • Maternity leave starts 6 weeks before birth and extends up to 9 weeks after the baby is born. During maternity leave, employees receive an allowance equal to 82% of the average of the last 3 gross salaries during the first 30 days of maternity leave and 75% of the monthly gross salary from the 31st day of maternity until the end of the post-natal leave.
    • Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 10 days of paternity leave within the 4 months following the birth. While the first 3 days are paid in full by the employer, the next 7 are paid by the authorities at 82% of the national capped daily gross salary.

    Sick Leave

    In order to be entitled to paid sick leave, the employee must inform the employer of the absence as soon as possible and (generally) supply a medical certificate.Following the 30 days period of the employers obligation to pay, employees who continue to be absent are generally entitled to sickness benefit of 60% for the first year.

    Termination requirements for employees in

    The employer can terminate by either giving notice or by paying an indemnity in lieu of notice, in which case the contract is terminated with immediate effect. Employees can appeal to a court if they considered the dismissal unjustified. Additional compensation may be due if the court deems the dismissal to be unfair.

    Notice Period

    Notice periods start from 2 weeks for employment that lasted 3 months, up to 64 weeks as of the 23rd year of employment.

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