Chesterfield (London) 
207 Old Marylebone Road
Tel: +44 (0) 203 771 3853
Fax: +44 (0) 203 771 3856

Belgium Contracting –Quick Facts

Brussels and Belgium are modern and cosmopolitan and great places to live and work, whether you are planning to stay for a year or two or maybe for longer. Here are some of the advantages:
Belgium has a lucrative contractor market, and with an unemployment rate of just 7.4% it is one of Europe’s top contracting locations.

There is high demand for IT contractors and other skilled professionals, especially in the Brussels Capital region where most of the EU institutions are based. Brussels Metropolitan Area has a population of 1.8m and a workforce of 650,000. Flanders to the north of Brussels is also host to many internationally known companies.

Housing is affordable and while parts of Brussels can be expensive, but rents in Belgium are generally much lower than in Britain or London and, there is no shortage of property to rent.

Commuting is both easier and cheaper than in UK and train tickets are much cheaper than in Britain and are half-price everywhere in Belgium at weekends. The Eurostar high speed train service with the UK is now very fast and much more convenient than flying and takes under 2 hours to get from the centre of Brussels to the centre of London.
Belgium has a total of 43 Airports, and the main international airports are: Brussels, Antwerp, Charleroi and Liège.

The work culture in Belgium is more relaxed than in the UK and it is illegal to work on Sundays with the exception of certain activities, hotels and restaurants and health care being some exceptions. It is also generally forbidden to work between the hours of 8pm and 6 am.

Most people in Belgium speak pretty good English and you can get by in most cases in English. French or Dutch/Flemish is Belgium's two main languages but in many large companies the working language is English.

If you are a citizen of an EU member country, you do not need to obtain a separate Belgian Driving licence, if you already have a licence for your home country.

Driving in Belgium is the same as many other continental European nations – on the right hand side of the road. All car owners are required to carry a warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, hi-visibility jacket or vest in their vehicle at all times by law, along with relevant licence and insurance documentation.

The currency of Belgium is the Euro.

Coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 EUR, 2 EUR
Notes: 5 EUR, 10 EUR, 20 EUR, 50 EUR, 100 EUR, 200 EUR, 500 EUR

Other Euro Zone countries are Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal and The Netherlands.
To learn more contact us on our office telephone number 0044 (0)2070971385, request a call-back, or click here to email us .

Email a friend

Licensed & Developed by UiBS>®