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Student Employment and Social Security

Both employees (including students) and employers pay social security on the employee's wages. In some cases, student work is exempt from the normal social security contributions. As a student, you are allowed to work 475 hours each year if you pay what are known as solidarity contributions.  You can check the number of hours you have worked online through the working students' portal

A quota of 475 hours per calendar year with solidarity contributions?

The solidarity contribution is 2.71% for the student and 5.42% for the employer. Every student who is employed in Belgium is entitled to a quota of 475 hours with a solidarity contribution (irrespective of his or her nationality). This is a highly beneficial arrangement for employers - many actually prefer to employ students because of it.

These 475 hours can be freely chosen and spread throughout the entire year. These hours are called a 'student quota'.

The National Social Security Office can check whether the student is actually working on these hours.