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Capital: Brussels

Language: Dutch, French and German

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Payroll Cycle: Monthly

Paid Time Off: Employees in Belgium are entitled to 20 paid days off per year.

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; Regional holidays may also be observed.

Individual Income Tax: The individual income tax is determined by a variety of factors, including marital status, level of income, and so on. The average ranges from 25% to 50%.

  Employer Cost:  Approximately 27.5 percent - 40 percent of employee salary

  Additional information

Employment Contract Specifications: Contracts must always be in writing and must specify the type of agreed-upon employment, trial period, restrictive covenants, and notice. Due to the linguistic diversity in Belgium, there are specific rules governing the language used to write employment contracts.


Probation Period:  In Belgium, there is no probation period for contracts beginning in or after January 2014.

Minimum Wage Requirements: The monthly minimum wage in Belgium is EUR 1,593.81.

Overtime and maximum working hours: The average weekly working time is 38 hours. Workers can, however, work up to 40 effective hours per week if 12 compensatory days are granted for the rest of the year. Overtime pay is available to employees who work more than 40 hours per week.

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