Employer of Record Belgium
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Agility EOR delivers services for business’s looking for an Employer of Record in Belgium. We help clients hire new employees or transfer existing employees into a fully-managed EOR service.
Employer of Record in Belgium
A Brief Guide to Belgium
Belgium offers a high quality of life, with excellent healthcare and education systems. The country is dedicated to environmental sustainability and the development of renewable energy sources. Belgium is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy and a member of the European Union, as well as participating in various international organizations.
|Official Language||Dutch, French, German|
|Area||30689 square kilometers|
|Population||Approximately 11.5 million|
|Major Cities||Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liege|
|GDP||$531 billion USD|
|Human Development Index (HDI)||0.931 (very high)|
|Major Industries||Chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automotive, food and beverages, diamond processing|
Business Culture in Belgium
In Belgium, business culture values professionalism, punctuality, and mutual respect. Decision-making tends to be consensus-driven, with input from various levels of the organization. Building trust and strong relationships is crucial for success. Socializing and small talk are common before discussing business matters.
Being well-prepared and knowledgeable is essential when conducting business in Belgium. Work-life balance is respected, and proper business etiquette, such as exchanging business cards and using appropriate titles, is expected.
Payroll and Taxes
Payroll and Taxes in Belgium
In Belgium, there is a statutory requirement to pay a 13th-month salary.
Income tax rates in Belgium are progressive, with higher income levels subject to higher tax rates:
|Taxable Income||Rate (%)|
|Up to EUR 13,540||25%|
|EUR 13,541 – 23,900||40%|
|EUR 23,901 – 41,360||45%|
|Over EUR 41,360||50%|
Employer costs in Belgium are relatively simple. Employers are responsible for:
Approximate % of Gross Salary
Social Security Contributions
25 – 35%
Employment Law in Belgium
Employment Contracts: In Belgium, employment contracts can be written or verbal, but written contracts are strongly recommended to ensure clarity on important details such as employment duration, working hours, salary, and termination notice periods.
Working Hours: The standard maximum working time in Belgium is 38 hours per week or 8 hours per day. Overtime work is regulated, with compensation for extra hours.
Employees Rights: Employees in Belgium have various rights, such as the right to equal treatment, protection against discrimination, and freedom of association. Regulations address working conditions, workplace safety, and employee representation.
Leave: Employees in Belgium are entitled to various types of leave, including paid annual leave (minimum of 20 working days per year), maternity leave, paternity leave, sick leave, and family care leave.
Termination: Termination of employment in Belgium requires proper notice, which varies depending on the length of employment. Unjustified termination can lead to claims for damages or reinstatement.
Belgium Public Holidays
|New Year’s Day||1st January|
|Labor Day||1st May|
|National Day||21st July|
|Assumption of Mary||15th August|
|All Saints’ Day||1st November|
|Armistice Day||11th November|
|Christmas Day||25th December|
Pension and Healthcare
There is a mandatory state pension system funded by social security contributions from both employees and employers. Employers are required to contribute to the state pension fund on behalf of their employees. Additionally, many employers offer supplementary pension plans to provide extra retirement benefits.
Healthcare in Belgium
Belgium has an extensive healthcare system, ensuring that all residents have access to quality healthcare services. The system is funded through social health insurance contributions from employees and employers, as well as government subsidies and general tax revenues.
Work Permits and VISAs in Belgium
To immigrate, you’ll generally need to apply for a specific type of visa or residency permit based on your purpose for moving, such as work, study, or family reunification. There are different types of visas and residency permits available, depending on your individual circumstances and needs.
For work purposes, you may need a work permit, which often requires a job offer from a Belgian employer. For self-employed individuals or entrepreneurs, there are specific permits available, subject to certain requirements.
When applying for a residency permit, you’ll need to meet certain criteria, such as providing proof of sufficient financial resources, having valid health insurance, and passing a background check. It’s important to know that Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. Familiarizing yourself with one or more of these languages can be helpful for navigating the immigration process and integrating into the local community.
Once you’ve obtained a residency permit, you’ll need to renew it periodically and adhere to the specific conditions tied to your permit. If you’re interested in becoming a permanent resident or even a citizen, you’ll have to follow additional steps and meet certain requirements, such as living in Belgium for a specified number of years
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Belgium Employer of Record Benefits
When you choose Agility EOR to expand in Belgium, we guarantee an employer of record service tailored to the needs of your business