Work in Belgium

Getting a job and working in Belgium is one of the reasons why one might want to acquire a residence permit in Europe (an example of this would be a residence permit in Latvia). Working in Belgium also allows you to enjoy all the benefits of residing in the EU, such as freedom of moving in the Schengen area, the chance to be employed and do business in the member-states with fewer requirement, as well as travel to European destinations without the need for a visa (with some exceptions).


As of now, there are approximately 138 968 vacancies available in Belgium. That is 3.4% of all the job positions, both occupied and vacant, in the country.

Wages and expenses

In Belgium the minimum wage is EUR 1593.81, while the average salary is EUR 3401.

A single person in Belgium spends an average of EUR 782 per month, not including rent.


The standard workweek in Belgium is 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Trade unions

Trade unions are organizations that protect the rights of workers, and help them settle potential disputes with employers. In Belgium, an employee may use the support pf the following unions:

  • Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens/Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond, CSC/ACV)
  • Belgian General Federation of Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB/ABVV)
  • Federation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium (Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique/Algemene Centrale der Liberale Vakbonden van België, CGSLB/ACLVB)

Useful resources

If you are planning to work in Belgium, it is useful to know the following information and contacts of organizations.

Workers rights

If you believe your rights have been violated or would like to have a consultation regarding said rights, you can contact Belgian General Federation of Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB/ABVV).

Looking for work

If you would like to take a look at Belgium's job market, please, consider visiting the following resources:

Work permit services

If you are interested in working in Belgium, you need to obtain a work permit and a residence permit (which in some cases are obtained simultaneously). For this you can use the help of our legal team - we provide consultations, find the best solutions to your unique case and deliver legal assisstance of all kinds. So contact us by using the form on the upper right side of the page, and start a journey to your dream job in Belgium.