Working in Belgium

Cultural Differences Between the United States and Europe

While both Europe and the United States of America are considered the Western World, it’s good to know there are definite differences in culture. Western people are those who speak a European tongue and are of people from European descent. However, Europeans and Americans differ in many ways. If you are considering moving to a European country, you will find

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Useful Information About The Job Market in Belgium

With its growing economy and range of major international organizations it’s no wonder Belgium is an appealing place to work for those looking to broaden their horizons. Belgium as a country is relatively small but densely populated with an estimated population of more than 10million. It’s well connected to other European cities such as Amsterdam, London and Paris, which are

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Top Interview Questions To Prepare For

Avoid surprises — interviews need preparation. Some questions come up time and time again — usually about you, your experience and the job itself. We’ve gathered together the most common questions so you can get your preparation off to a flying start. YOUR SKILLS Typical questions an interviewer might ask: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What can you do

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Evaluating a Job Applicant Background

When making hiring decisions, employers routinely examine a job applicant’s background. Using background history, especially criminal information, requires extra diligence by human resources professionals, especially where the information is used to deny the applicant a job. Use of background information can disproportionately affect people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, along with gender. This could expose an employer to liability

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How To Find the Job You Really Want

What you are about to read may shock you. Over nine million people are unemployed. At least twenty-two percent of them have been looking for a job for more than six months. Over forty percent of the working population is currently seeking other employment. Almost fifty percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their current job. Most people can’t stand their

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All You Need To Know About Taxation In Belgium

From tax rates through to special expat status, here is the updated guide to the Belgian taxation system. Expats and Belgian citizens alike suffer from one of the highest taxation rates in the EU. It amounts to an effective tax rate (including social security) of well over 50 percent for the highest earners. This compares to an average 45 percent

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Employment Contracts In Belgium

There are several types of employment contract (Contrat de travail/Arbeidsovereenkomst) commonly used in Belgium. There are different contracts for manual workers and white-collar workers. In addition, separate contracts exist for domestic workers, student workers, professional sports people and home workers. Contracts vary in length and complexity. Most commonly: Permanent contracts/Open-ended contracts (Contrat de travail pour une durée indéterminée/De arbeidsovereenkomst voor onbepaalde

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Work Permit And Employment in Belgium

Foreign workers, who want to pursue salaried employment in Belgium, must apply for a work permit in advance. Employers, who want to use a foreign worker within the Belgian territory, must get an employment authorization in advance. Exemptions are possible as well. There are three types of work permits: Work permit A: for any salaried profession with any employer Work-permit B: for one specific salaried

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