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How to cut labor costs in Flanders

To help your company cut labor costs, Flanders offers access to an extremely productive workforce, fiscal advantages, wage optimization possibilities and various other labor incentives. Get the details below!

Labor cost reduction 101

Tax law changes resulted in several labor cost reduction initiatives in Flanders. In addition, even though social security contributions (SSC) in Flanders are relatively high, there are many SSC reductions, fringe benefits and other fiscal schemes that serve to greatly reduce employers’ tax burdens.

What’s more, labor costs in Flanders are further offset by:

Get more details about labor cost trends in Flanders.

Leverage the expat status for foreign executives and researchers

Foreign executives and researchers temporarily assigned to Belgium (and Flanders as a region) can benefit from a special inpatriate tax status. Advantages include the tax-free reimbursement of living, housing and other recurring costs resulting from the employee’s posting to Belgium, as well as the repayment of school fees, relocation costs and installation expenses.

Apply wage optimization and alternative remuneration

Want to increase your employees’ net earnings while keeping your company’s labor costs in check? Various ‘benefits in kind’ and alternative remuneration possibilities are available in Flanders to help you do just that. 

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