Hire your remote team in Belgium

Only 399 EUR per employee per month

Hiring a remote team in a country as Belgium comes with a lot of overhead, such as compliance, local laws, taxes, etc. As a company, you don't want to worry about knowing all the local laws. Instead you want to focus on your remote team and the business. Rivermate's Employer of Record (EOR) solution helps companies hire remote employees in Belgium. We take care of global payroll, taxes, benefits, compliance and HR activities. So you can focus on growing your business.

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1. Hire a remote team in Belgium with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in Belgium, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in Belgium effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global Employer of Record (EOR) solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

2. Introduction

Rivermate is a global employment solutions company that provides Employer of Record services in Belgium.

As an employer of record, we help you hire employees and run payroll services in Belgium, allowing you to avoid the necessity of first establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Belgium.

It is not necessary to establish an entity in order to hire an employee. We can hire your employee in any country with a few mouse clicks. Using our Employer of Record solution, you can have full compliance, benefits, and automated payments.

If you wish to hire a remote team in Belgium or individually hire remote employees in Belgium, Rivermate’s global employer of record services will make sure that the process will be as seamless as possible for you.

Send us a message so we can talk about how Rivermate’s Employer of Record Belgium services can best help your company!

3. Hire a remote team in Belgium

Hiring remote employees in Belgium is a decision that requires a lot of analysis and scrutiny. Recruiting the right employees is another important task. To prevent penalties and delays, employers must learn how to recruit personnel and understand the country's employment compliance rules.

Belgium is a developed Western European nation. The country's economy is the most advanced in Europe. The government has created a diverse economic and industrial basis by capitalizing on its geographical position on the continent. The advanced transportation infrastructure has allowed the nation to integrate its industry with those of its neighbors. The country's economy is distinguished by a highly productive labor force, a high GNP (Gross National Product), and high exports per capita. Belgium has the world's 25th largest nominal GDP.

Belgium, being one of the six founding members of the European Union, firmly advocates for an open economy. Textiles, chemicals, steel, pharmaceuticals, food processing, electronics, equipment production, and vehicles are all major contributors to the national economy.

4. Cost of living in Belgium

The cost of living in Belgium varies according to geography, industrial dominance, taxation laws, transportation, facilities, and so on. A person's cost of living is mostly determined by his or her residential region. The table below displays the average cost of living in Belgium.

1. The average rental rate in Belgium is between USD 1120 and USD 1360.

2. The estimated cost of food and beverage in Belgium is between USD 515 and USD 600 per month.

3. The average transportation cost in Belgium is between USD 55 and USD 60 per month.

4. The average cost of utilities in Belgium is between USD 200 and USD 300 per month.

5. Cost of renting in Belgium

The average monthly rent in Belgium is between USD 800 and 1000. However, the rental amount may vary based on the area. The expense of living in an urban location is greater than in a rural area.

6. Major industries in Belgium

To overcome the need gap, the Belgian government implements a number of training programs to upskill the workforce with the most recent engineering and IT capabilities.

To relieve the construction sector's slump, the government would invest in public building projects and the civil engineering industry, as well as boost land availability via the central administration.

To address long-term unemployment, the government has implemented a number of skill-based training initiatives for youngsters.

The government has lowered the amount of social security payments and taxes that workers must pay.

To cope with the implications of COVID, the government has eased registration requirements at the National Unemployment Office and offered a monthly compensation of 70% of the prior pay.

7. Hiring cost in Belgium

One of the most important aspects of any employment program is the cost of recruiting. Hiring costs are determined by a variety of criteria, including the cost of living in a specific location, total spending, and so on. When preparing to acquire personnel for your company, you must also consider the expenses of the screening and interviewing procedures, as well as the expenditures of onboarding and training. For every firm, the entire cost of the recruiting process is rather considerable.

8. Employment laws Belgium

Employers must follow certain procedural standards and adhere to the legal ban on discrimination on a variety of grounds throughout the recruiting process. Employers must offer an induction program for new hires. Despite the lack of a single employment law legislation in Belgium, several laws exist to ensure valid employment. The following are the most important laws to examine on this topic:

1. Employment agreements (covers matters such as various forms of leave)

2. Work that is feasible and user-friendly ( it covers issues related to working time, training, and leave)

3. Combating certain types of prejudice

4. Combating male and female prejudice

5. Employee well-being at work (it covers health, safety, and harassment issues)

6. The non-discrimination principle applies to part-time workers.

7. Non-discrimination against fixed-term workers is a fundamental concept.

8. Employee leasing and temporary agency labor

9. Annual leave for employees

10. Workplace regulations

Employers must follow guidelines during recruiting in addition to the legislation outlined above.

1. Minimum Wage Act

2. Work Safety Law

3. Social Security Law

4. General Data Protection Regulation

9. Top skills Belgium

Language skills are the most important prerequisite for recruiters in Belgium's labor market. Multilingual employees, or those who can speak at least two of the country's official languages as well as English, have a far better chance of finding job.

As an industrial area, the Flanders region in the north, Brussels, and the surrounding areas are home to the majority of the service and high-tech sectors. The coal and steel industry are concentrated in the country's south.

There are several work prospects for recent graduates in a variety of sectors. The top in-demand jobs in Belgium are in the following areas:

1. Engineering

2. Pharmaceuticals

3. Processed food and beverages

4. Transportation equipment and motor vehicle assembly

5. Textiles

10. Economic landscape in Belgium

The country's economy is mainly service-oriented. The epidemic has had a significant effect on Belgium's economy. GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2020 has reached 0.2%. The growth curve is nearly flat even in the first quarter of the year. The economy is expected to recover in the second and third quarters of 2021. Belgium's annual GDP growth is expected to be 3.9% in 2021 and 3.1% in 2022.

11. Market size in Belgium

The majority of available employment in Belgium are for skilled workers in the service industries. Finance, international organizations and corporations, estate agents, social services, education, and public health are the most prevalent sectors in the countries to accommodate the workforce. The unemployment rate in this area is about 6%, and the major reason for this is continuous skill shortages, notably in the engineering and IT sectors.

12. Minimum wage in Belgium

The minimum wage in Belgium varies and is agreed upon in national collective agreements and is overseen by the Joint Labor Committee.

Minimum salary levels in Flanders are set increase by 1.94%. The new minimum salary level for executives which includes those in the upcoming EU IC Permit is EUR 69,638 or USD 82,772. For the EU Blue Card applicants, the minimum salary is EUR 52,229 or USD 62,079. For specialists and trainees (EU ICT Permit/Highly-skilled permit applicants), the minimum salary is EUR 43, 524 or USD 51,733.06. For locally hired staff under 30 years old, the minimum salary is EUR 34,819.20 or USD 41,386.

Since the start of 2021, the minimum salary in the Brussels has increased by 1.23 percent. Currently, the minimum salary for executives is EUR 72,399 or USD 86,054.18. EU Blue Card applicants/managers with the EU ICT Permit have a minimum salary of EUR 56,111 or USD 66,694.10. Specialists (EU ICT Permit) have a minimum salary of EUR 44,889 or USD 53,355.51. Trainees (EU ICT Permit) have a minimum salary of EUR 28,056 or USD 33,347.64. Highly-skilled permit applicants have a minimum salary of EUR 43,395 or USD 51,536.94.

Minimum salary levels in Wallonia have increased by 1.23% since the start of 2021. Executives have a minimum salary of EUR 72,399 or USD 86,054.18.

EU Blue Card applicants have a minimum salary of EUR 56,112 or USD 66,695.28. Highly-skilled permit applicants have a minimum salary of EUR 43,395 or USD 51,579.73.

13.Why choose Rivermate to hire your remote team in Belgium?

Establishing an entity in Belgium to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in Belgium has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into Belgium simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record (EOR) solutions in Belgium give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in Belgium via our Employer of Record (EOR) / PEO solution.

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