Hire and pay 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 2 days with Deel.


Euro (EUR)



Official Language

Dutch, French and German

Payroll Cycle


Onboard, pay and manage employees in Belgium with Deel.

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.

Deel lets you hire employees in Belgium quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more. For your existing direct employees, we can manage your entire payroll operation from end-to-end.

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All the necessary benefits for Belgium
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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)
  • Private Healthcare - Allianz (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.

Payroll Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 27.78% of the employee's salary:
- Social Security - 27.28%
- Work Accident Insurance - 0.50%

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

Terminations must respect complex rules and the rules of an employee’s employment country. The off-boarding is always handled by the Employer with the primary stakeholders. It may include ad-hoc fees as well as required or recommended steps on specific termination cases.

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.

To protect you from unforeseen financial risks arising from terminations, Deel applies a Severance Accrual to all employment agreements in this country.  Deel has extensive expertise in managing litigation risk globally and our Severance Accrual calculation is based on the prevailing common-law or statutory entitlements and local best practices. In the event your employee resigns or is not entitled to severance, all unused amounts will be returned to you.

Paid Time Off

Employees with a 38-hour working schedule week will be entitled to 20 working days a year.
For part-time employees, the calculation will be prorated.

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 can take place within 2 business days after SOW signing, pending the submission of all required employee information

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 with our EOR solution. If you have an entity, our Global Payroll solution takes care of payroll and compliance for your direct employees. Our 250+ in-house experts handle everything from managing local laws, complex tax systems, or your payroll in Belgium and 150+ countries.

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