Hire Employees & Contractors


Compliantly hire your distributed team members in


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Hiring in


isn't so simple. Borderless can help.

To hire new employees in


, your business must have a local legal entity or an Employer of Record like Borderless in place already. Then there’s the management of local employment compliance, taxes, benefits, payroll, and more. Hiring contractors poses similar challenges.

Borderless handles all of that for you, so you can focus on getting to work with your new team member in


while staying fully compliant with local laws and compliance.

Primary Language

Dutch, German, French


Euro (€, EUR)

Payroll Frequency


Public Holidays

10 days

Employer Taxes


Cost of Living Index

$$ (#28 of 140, 2023)

Statutory Leave

24 days

Sick Leave

30 days

Maternity Leave

15 weeks

Important: Risks of misclassification

In many countries like


, the treatment of employees and contractors is different. If you misclassify a new team member, you could be subjected to penalties and fines. Let Borderless get this right for you, so you don’t have to worry.

Payment Information

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Belgium is €1,954.99 per month.

Overtime Pay

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.

Additional Pay

There is no additional pay detail for Belgium.

Payroll Cycle

For Borderless customers, all contractor payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Note that by Belgian law, the employer has to pay an additional 13th month with the December salary payment. This is only mandatory for employees that have been employed by the company for at least half a year (i.e. start date as of July 1st of the current year). It is relatively common for employers to decide to pay the 13 month payment to everyone regardless.

Employer Costs & Taxes

  • 25 - 27%: Social security
  • 9%: Pension fund
  • Employee Costs & Taxes

  • 13.07%: Social security
  • Minimum 7.5%: Pension fund
  • 25%: Up to €13,440
  • 40%: €13,440 to €23,720
  • 45%: €23,720 to €41,060
  • 50%: more than €41,060
  • Employment Information

    Termination Process

    Employees and contractors can have their employment terminated by the employer, provided there are fair grounds for dismissal provided. These include:

    • Employee's capability or qualifications for performing work of the kind the employee was employed to do
    • Employee conduct
    • Employee retirement
    • Employee redundancy
    • Employee inability to continue working in a position without contravening statutory duty or restriction
    • Changing needs of the employer
    • Other substantial reasons justifying dismissal

    Terminations are only considered lawful when they’re due to factors regarding employee capability or an employer’s need to retain a worker’s services.

    Notice period

    In Belgium, the notice period required varies based on the length of employment:

    • Less than 3 months of employment: 2 weeks notice
    • 3 to 6 months of employment: 4 weeks notice
    • 6 to 9 months of employment: 6 weeks notice
    • 9 to 12 months of employment: 7 weeks notice
    • 12 to 15 months of employment: 8 weeks notice
    • 15 to 18 months of employment: 9 weeks notice
    • 18 to 21 months of employment: 10 weeks notice
    • 21 to 24 months of employment: 11 weeks notice
    • 24 to 36 weeks of employment: 12 weeks notice
    • 36 to 48 months of employment: 13 weeks notice
    • 48 to 60 months of employment: 15 weeks notice
    • 60 months to 19 years of employment: 60 weeks notice plus 3 weeks for every year exceeding 5 years
    • 20 to 21 years of employment: 62 weeks notice plus 1 week for every year of employment

    Probation Period

    There is no probation period in Belgium. Probation cannot be added in the employment agreement, it has no legal value. The employee shall not have the right to ask for the reason for the dismissal if it occurs within six months of the start of the employment contract, according to the standard dismissal processes that should be followed at the beginning of the employment contract. Additionally, they won't be eligible for an outplacement offer. The employment agreement may be terminated by the employer (in which case the employee is entitled to a notice time and indemnification), the employee (in which case the employer is entitled to a notice period), or by mutual consent.

    Severance Details

    Severance is typically only applicable when the required notice was not given.

    Benefits of working in a country abroad

    Borderless Benefits Packages in


    When the world is your competition, it pays to incentivize new hires and existing alike. Borderless benefits packages typically include:

    Medical Insurance
    Dental Insurance
    Vision Insurance
    Life Insurance
    Retirement Contributions

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