National minimum wage in detail
All employees of 18 years and over are entitled to a guaranteed gross monthly wage of between EUR 1,593.81 (average figure for employees of 18 years and over) and EUR 1,654.90 (employees at least 20 years old with one year of service). These figures are based on full time employment and apply in all sectors of industry. Employees under 18 are entitled to a percentage of those amounts. Furthermore, white-collar employees are once a year entitled to paid leave equal to 92% of a normal month’s salary. The minimum wage is not set by law in Belgium, but by collective bargaining agreement. A national collective bargaining agreement concluded by the Conseil National du Travail provides the general minimum wage referred to. The wage varies according to the consumer price index. In most cases, sectoral collective bargaining agreements have been negotiated with their own minimum wage which is higher than the minimum amount fixed by the Conseil National du Travail.
Author: Claeys & Engels
Date: March 2019
Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.