Belgium has one of the most talented workforces, with a very high level of employee satisfaction and workplace happiness. A big part of this are the many benefits employees get from their employer, such as a 13th (and even 14th) salary, generous sick pay, annual leave, maternity and paternity leave, additional benefits and more. These bonuses are great for employees but can be a challenge for small businesses, who need to cover all of those costs for their employees, on top of paying high employer tax (27% of gross salary), social security, health insurance, pensions and more.
It is not surprising many businesses look for alternatives to their hiring needs. Freelancers and contract workers can be a great solution for their needs. Not only do they allow employers to cut costs and administration (which is also a cost in itself), but also benefit from a flexible and highly-skilled workforce which brings in value from day one.
If you want to tap into that resource, we have partnered with CXC Global
to give you the necessary information to update your hiring strategy and benefit from the growing power of the independent workforce in Belgium. You need to be aware of the following to ensure full compliance when hiring a freelancer:
- Avoid fake independency status
- Have a contract
- Establish regular pay
- Check the freelancer's background
- Consider GDPR and protect IP
- LIMOSA declaration for non-Belgian workers