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Minimum wage in Belgium to rise above €2,000 a month

08:50 28/03/2024

Belgium’s minimum wage will rise to €2,000 a month gross on 1 April, resulting in a pay increase for some 80,000 workers in the country.

The increase in the minimum wage was ratified during negotiations on the interprofessional agreement.

A first increase of €76.28 was applied on 1 April 2022 and a second increase of €35.70 was scheduled for the following year. A third increase, of the same amount, will be applied in April 2024 and bring the minimum wage to €2029.88 gross - the amount before taxes are deducted - per month.

The taxable employment bonus will also be increased on 1 April, bringing the real increase to €50 net (the amount after taxes).

Under this measure, the minimum wage will have risen by around €400 net between October 2020 and June 2024, including automatic indexation, according to minister for employment Pierre-Yves Dermagne (PS).

This will be the first time the minimum wage in Belgium passes the €2,000 gross mark, according to the ACV-CSC union.

Written by Helen Lyons