Money in Belgium
Money Guide: Work
Find out where to look for jobs, what your contract will look like, how much social security you need to pay and what benefits you can receive from it.
The Belgian job market:
An introduction for foreigners
Finding a job in Belgium may not be quite as difficult as the statistics would lead you to believe, high unemployment is endemic. It does take a certain amount of experience, qualifications, some perseverance and more than a little luck.
Are you qualified in Belgium?:
How are qualifications recognised
Belgium adheres to the EU’s general system of recognition of diplomas and qualifications, which means that if your occupation is regulated in Belgium, you’ll have to have your home country qualification or experience formally recognised in order to practise your profession in Belgium.
Employment Agencies in Belgium:
Public and Private sectors
There’s a European Employment Service (EURES) network, members of which include all EU countries plus Norway and Iceland.
International Civil Service:
Employment in an international organisation
Belgium offers some unique opportunities for employment in what is sometimes called the ‘international civil service’ sector.
Job hunting in Belgium:
How to find the right job
National and local newspapers and magazines in Belgium carry job ads; they are often concentrated in the Saturday editions. The Internet is increasingly popular for companies and candidates alike.
Applying for a Job in Belgium:
CVs and cover letters
If you’re primarily looking for a job amongst the large multinational companies or international agencies and organisations located in Belgium, you can use a CV or resume in English similar to the one you’d use in your home country.
Working in Belgium:
Salary and working conditions
Belgium has long been a prosperous region in Europe, and salaries are generally above average, although not as high as those in Germany and France.
Employment contracts in Belgium:
An overview of how they work
In Belgium, an employment contract exists as soon as you undertake a job for which you expect to be paid, although employees nearly always have a written employment contract to document the existence of a formal work relationship.
Belgian Social Security:
An introduction to the system
Belgium has a comprehensive system of social security, which applies to all residents.
Unemployment Benefit in Belgium:
Keep afloat if you lose your job
Unemployment insurance is mandatory for all employees in Belgium, contributions are shared between employers and employees.
Pensions in Belgium:
Introduction to the Belgian pension system
All employees and self-employed people in Belgium pay compulsory contributions to state funds for old age and invalidity pensions.
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