Contracting in Belgium

If you are considering a contract in Belgium, why not talk to us at Chesterfield Management to see how we can help you make the most out of your contract.

At Chesterfield Management we specialise in dealing with expatriates and outside the United Kingdom & Germany, it is one of Europe’s most popular locations for English speaking contractors. Many of our contractors have been located there at one time or another. Belgium is on of the most popular contract locations in Europe. The Belgium Contracting market has been virtually immune from the effects of the global economic downturn and with most EU institutions having a Belgium base the market is always buoyant with the Brussels Capital Region alone having 650,000 jobs.

Our Local Expertise

Our local knowledge and expertise can help you navigate through the system. Belgium’s strict employment laws and high levels of taxation can appear daunting to the first time contractor but that’s all part of the service. What’s more, if you contract through an agency, they will expect that you understand the rules and regulations, and that is where our International Contractor Managers can help you complete your contract negotiations and start working.

Mostly our contractors come from within the EU & EEA and its citizens can, for the most part, contract in Belgium without the need for a work permit and this is reviewed here by following the link to our Residency and Registration Section.

IT Contracting in Belgium can be a very lucrative proposition compared to being a permanent employee in other markets. And it’s not just IT Contractors that we provide services too; we deal with engineers, technicians, bankers, and Pharma. In fact, wherever contracting professionals supply their expertise or agencies supply personnel. 
It is not unusual to find entire teams or structures within Belgian companies staffed by contractors. Social security taxes are far less as a contractor in a role in Belgium than if you are a permanent employee, thereby increasing take home pay

Our Belgium Contract Management Solutions

As a management company contractor, you can expect to earn significantly more than if you are a permanent employee in Belgium. And by using Chesterfields Umbrella Company solutions we can assist you in being compliant with local procedures, whilst maximising your income.

Chesterfield Management can provide a full range of Umbrella Company Services for those contracting in Belgium.

The basic purpose of an umbrella company is to manage the relationship between your agency or client and you. The umbrella company will take up the contract and your payments are filtered through them. The company acts as an intermediary between you and your clients; collecting payments from them and processing them onwards to you.

Chesterfield Management will discuss your personal circumstances and guide you through the process so you can contract successfully in Belgium.

The Basics Explained 

As a contractor in Belgium, understanding the basics of Belgium Income tax and social security is essential if you are going to be contracting in the country. Due to the extremely high taxes levied on permanent employed IT Contracting in Belgium is an option favoured by both employees and companies. You can find more information on these by clicking on these links for Belgium Social Security and Belgium Income Tax.
In Belgium, even for very short assignments, you will have to follow the local rules on immigration and registration, even if you are an EU citizen. For foreign contractors in Belgium there are local regulations, usually refered to as Limosa, which you need to comply with when taking up a contract. You will only be exempt from Limosa if you are paying Belgium Social Security and this can be achieved by registering for tax. These regulations need to be complied with even if your contract is for 183 or less. We can guide you through this.

Irrespective of the length of your stay within Belgium, there are a number of residency and immigration procedures that need to be followed in order that you can handle the various administrative tasks that are part of living and contracting in Belgium, and our friendly and helpful staff is on hand for these, such as opening a Belgian Bank Account outlined here in Banking in Belgium.
Chesterfield Management specialises in dealing with International and expatriate contractors and can discuss with you. We have expertise in dealing with Belgium contract management, and local knowledge due to our local experts in place.

To learn more contact us on our office telephone number 0044 (0)2070971385, request a call-back, or click here to email us .