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Dec 14th
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Social Security for Employees

The following is just a very short summary of social security in Belgium. The Ministry has published a good and more complete explanation : "Everything you have always wanted to know about social security"

The social security cost for employees is quite high in Belgium. 

The employer must withhold 13.07% of the gross salary, in respect of the employee's social security contributions.  On top of the gross salary, the employer also has to pay his own social security contri­bu­tions calculated at about 35% of that salary.

There are quite a number of specific social security regimes for specific types of trade. E.g. sportsmen can have an annual cap on the level of their social security contributions. 

Employees who are temporarily seconded to Belgium can continue to pay social security abroad.

Given the level of the social security contributions, some employees prefer to work as a self-employed or freelancer.

 

 

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