Living Wage Series - Belgium - September 2020 - In EUR, per Month

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The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living database that is the biggest data source for cost of living worldwide. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, mandatory deductions and other necessities.

The following table details the expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in EUR)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Family size 3.7 4 1
Food expenses 337-451 364-487 91-122
Housing expenses 840-990 840-990 570-680
Transport expenses 94-98 94-98 47-49
Healthcare expenses 46-48 50-52 13-13
Education expenses 271-312 319-367 0
Drinking water expenses 38-46 41-50 10-13
Clothing expenses 17-17 18-18 5-5
Phone tariff (60 minutes) 12-20 12-20 6-10
5% extra expenses 83-99 87-104 37-45
Total cost of living 1738-2081 1825-2186 779-937
Earners per family 1.5 1.8 1
Net Living Wage 1159-1387 1014-1214 779-937
Mandatory payroll deductions 709-911 515-757 396-475
Gross Living Wage 1870-2300 1530-1970 1180-1410

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.


Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in EUR)

The statutory Minimum Wages are laid down in laws or government regulations and therefore constitutes both a worker's rights and an employer's obligation. By contrast Living Wages are not prescribed by law and can therefore not be legally enforced. Instead, Living Wages provide a benchmark for employers who voluntarily commit to pay wages according to the local living standards.
WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators. Prevailing wages of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages.

Minimum wage 1593.8
Living Wage - Single Adult 1180-1410
Living Wage - Typical Family 1870-2300
Real wage of low-skilled worker 1650-1940
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 2090-2480
Real wage of high-skilled worker 2630-3200

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Figures in the table are rounded.


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