Belgium - Average wage calculated - May 31, 2017

According to research carried out by Leuven University, the average monthly earnings of workers is 3,401 euro (amount before tax). The latest average wages are 4.3 percent or 140 euro up on 2014. This rise is the result of the automatic wage indexation system under which pay is raised when life gets more expensive - in other words, when inflation has been up for some time, wages will follow. However, workers have hardly enjoyed pay rises given voluntarily by employers. Starting employees have to be content with 2,369 euro per month. The hospitality sector generally has poor pay, with 2,676 euro per month on average. The best paying categories (banks, chemical and pharmaceutical sector) deliver 4,279-euro gross per month.

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