dOn January 1, 2017, the minimum base salary for several work permit categories will increase in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia, more specifically:

  • The minimum base salary for HIGHLY-SKILLED foreign workers applying for type B work permits will increase to € 40.124,00 annually (from € 39.824,00 in 2016);

  • The minimum base salary for SENIOR MANAGEMENT and EXECUTIVES applying for type B work permits will increase to € 66.942,00 annually (from € 66.442,00 in 2016);

  • The minimum base salary for EU BLUE CARD holders will increase to € 51.882,00 annually (from € 51.484 in 2016).

These salary thresholds will have to be met if the assignement starts in 2017. Please note that trainees and specialized technicians are exempt from these minimum salary requirements. In practice, for highly skilled workers we have to advance the following difference:

  • If the applicant will be on assignement from the home country falling under the social security of the home country (acted by the social security Certificate of Coverage of the home country), the applicant will have to earn at least € 3.343,67/month (€ 40.124,00/12 months);

  • If the applicant will be under a Belgian contract, respecting the Belgian regulations of the competent joint committee (whereby Belgian taxes and social security contributions will be payed), the applicant will have to earn at least € 2.882,47/month (€ 40.124,00/13,92 taking into account the payments of holiday pay and end-of-year premium).

For further questions, please do contact our team of immigration professionals at info@migrabel.be.