How to find a job in Belgium? With many different institutions and international companies, Belgium offers a diverse professional landscape, with many opportunities for people seeking employment. The employee contract, for example, offers various possibilities. As an employee, you are subject to a fixed or indefinite term contract and need not worry about social contributions, which are directly deducted from your salary. You can also work in either the public or private sector.

The public sector

The public sector consists of companies where the government holds more than half of the share capital, of associations that depend on the state for financing and public administration. If you want to work in the public sector, Selor organizes recruitment competitions. Besides, some public sector jobs are also offered as contractual jobs.

For more information about career opportunities in the public sector, please visit the website of Selor and the portal Belgium.be.

The private sector

The private sector consists of small and medium enterprises, associations, artisans and merchants. The state either does not intervene or only intervenes minimally in the private sector. To be hired as a private sector employee, you usually send your CV and attend one or more individual interviews.

If you wish to compare the working conditions in the public and the private sectors, please click here

Do I need a work permit?

If you are a national of the Member States of the European Economic Area (European Union countries, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or a Swiss national, you do not need a work permit or visa. EU residents are immediately allowed to work in Belgium.

However, if you are from another country, you will need a work permit (type A, B or C). For more information on work permits, see the websites below:

6 tips on how to find work in Belgium

1) If you want to work in a Belgian company, you may need to be able to speak either French or Dutch.

If you want to work in a Belgian company, you may need to be able to speak either French or Dutch. Many different schools offer language courses that teach in a playful and accessible way. The list below offers some options, without being exhaustive:

2) Several organizations can help you find employment in Belgium.

3) Europass has five documents allowing you to clearly demonstrate your skills and qualifications throughout Europe.

4) Several sites feature jobs available in the market, some specialising in certain sectors.

5) Brussels expats, this site features all essential information for you:

6) As everywhere, word-of-mouth is the most effective way to find a job. Build and grow your network!