Posting of workers

Posting enables employers to send workers abroad to perform work there for a limited period. The employer-employee relationship remains intact throughout the posting.

More information about the posting of workers in BelgiumExternal link
More information about the posting of workers abroadExternal link

Rules

When posting workers in the European Union, employers must comply with the pay and working conditions (working hours, leave, welfare, etc.) that apply in the host country. However, the pay and working conditions of the country of origin may be applied if they are more favourable than those of the host country. This not only safeguards the rights of posted workers, but also ensures fair competition.

These rules are laid down in an EU directive (Directive 96/71/EC) that has been transposed into Belgian law.

On the website of the European Union you can find more information about the EU Directive concerning the posting of workersExternal link.

Social security of posted workers

In terms of social security coverage, posting is an exception to the country of employment principle, under which an employee who works – temporarily or permanently – in another country is subject to the social security system of the country in question.

Posted employees continue to be subject to the social security system of the country where they are usually employed and are also exempted from becoming subject to the system of the host country. In general, the period of employment in the other country does not exceed 12 months.

You can find more information about the posting of workersExternal link on the website of the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue.

You can find more information about the social security aspects of the posting of workersExternal link at www.socialsecurity.be.