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Working in Belgium

There are many unique aspects which distinguish working in Belgium from working in any other country and an interested candidate might as well be cognizant with these in order to avoid unpleasant surprises at a later stage.

Belgium boasts of a predominantly industrial economy wherein majority of its population is engaged in manufacturing and trade. Agriculture is practiced too although it engages only a small number of people. Because it is bereft of natural resources, Belgium is heavily dependent on exports to feed its manufacturing giants, meaning even the slightest fluctuation in the world markets is sufficient to throw things out of gear.

For any person outside of the European Union to work in Belgium, the foremost requisite is that of a permit and acquiring this is the responsibility of the employer who in turn has to justify that the position cannot be filled by a Belgian. Permits could be A, B or C with A providing maximum freedom and C the least. Visa is granted depending on the country of origin of the employee, his expected duration of visit and professional qualifications.

Annual salary in Belgium is divided amongst 13.92 months instead of the usual 12 and once the internship is over, an employee is entitled to paid leave and parental furlough, which is more for women than men.

 

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