Hire employees in

Belgium, hassle-free

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.

The average onboarding time frame in Belgium is 5 days with Deel.

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Currency

Euro (EUR)

Capital

Brussels

Official Language

Dutch, French and German

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

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 Fund
  • Workers Compensation Insurance
  • Private Healthcare - Unisure (optional)

Our quickstart guide to hiring in Belgium

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Minimum Wage Requirements

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

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 25% to 50%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. Multiple additional factors may impact overall rates such as the household status and the number of children.

Employer Cost

The employer cost is generally ranges between 27.5-40% of the employee salary.

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours in Belgium are 38 hours per week.

Hours worked over the standard 38 hours per week are paid overtime. Exceptions may apply for certain roles and positions.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 15 weeks of maternity leave. This leave can start 6 weeks before birth and extends a minimum of 9 weeks after the baby is born. Employees receive an allowance equal to 82% of their average salary during the first 30 days of maternity leave and 75% of their average salary from the 31st day until the end of leave.

Paternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 10 days of paternity leave within 4 months of their child’s birth. The first 3 days are paid in full by the employer and the next 7 days are paid by the government at 82% of their average salary (up to a capped daily maximum).

Parental Leave

Working parents are entitled to 4 months of parental leave if they have at least 12 months of service with the same employer over the previous 15 months. This entitlement is granted to each individual. 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).

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to receive full salary paid by the employer for the first 30 days of sick leave. After 30 days, employees are generally entitled to sickness benefits from the government.

All sick leave must be certified by a medical professional.

Termination Requirements

An employer can terminate an employment agreement by either provider proper legal notice or by paying an indemnity in lieu of notice, in which case the contract is immediately terminated.

Employees can appeal to a court if they consider the dismissal unjustified. Additional compensation may be due if the court deems the dismissal to be unfair.

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 2 weeks for employment that lasted 3 months. Required notice increases based on length of employment.

Severance for Employees

Generally, severance is only applicable when proper notice is not provided.

Paid Time Off

In Belgium, employees are entitled to 24 days of paid time off (PTO) per year. Employees accrue 2.08 days of PTO per month.

Public Holidays

Belgium celebrates 10 national holidays per year. Additional regional holidays may also apply based on the location of the employee.

National public holidays include:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Easter Monday
  3. Labour Day
  4. Ascension Day
  5. Whit Monday
  6. Belgium National Holiday
  7. Assumption Day
  8. All Saints’ Day
  9. Armistice Day 1918
  10. Christmas Day

Onboarding

Onboarding can take place within 5 business days of the MSA being signed.

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.

Probation Period

For Belgium, there is no probation period and we do not allow one.
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Hiring 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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599 USD

Management fee

Group (9)

27-40%

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