indexation des salaires

Good news, your salary has been indexed since January 1st.

A real chestnut tree, the indexation of salaries is the talk of the town at the beginning of each year. 2020 is no exception to the rule, several thousand employees will see their wallets grow a little more this year. Why index salaries? Who is affected? We answer all your questions.



What is salary indexation?


As you may have noticed, the cost of living is constantly rising. In order to keep up with this price evolution, Belgium has introduced a wage indexation. The aim: to protect workers against rising prices and to preserve their purchasing power. This year, and according to the forecasts of human resources service provider SD Worx, salaries will be indexed by 0.8% from 1 January 2020. Last year it was 2.16%.

This indexation is calculated using the following formula :

The average of the November and December 2019 indexes is divided by the average of the November and December 2018 indexes.


Who’s concerned?



Don’t shout victory too quickly, not everyone is concerned. In 2020, nearly 470,000 employees will have the chance to benefit from this indexation. This indexation is linked to the consumer price index. It concerns the workers of the joint committee CP 200. You do not know your joint commission? Consult the list on the website of the Joint Committee 200.

Still according to SD Worx, not everyone will be so lucky. Some employees will have their salaries indexed negatively. This is the case for joint committees 121 (cleaning: -0.02%) and 216 (notary employees: -0.04%).

How much does this indexation amount to?

In concrete terms, you will earn an extra 10 to 11 euros per month. We know you were expecting more, but it’s already better than nothing. SD Worx made a comparison between 2019 and 2020.


What about the others?


Aren’t you part of the CP 200? Don’t panic, your salary may be increased too. Other sectors can expect to see a few extra euros drop. Employees in the food industry, the food trade, the primary sector and, for example, casino employees can also expect their wages to be adjusted to inflation on 1 January.


What other changes will take place on 1 January 2020?


  • Companies that are less than two years old will get their VAT credit back within a maximum of three months.

As Alexander De Croo, our Finance Minister, has said, from January onwards, young companies will recover their VAT credit more quickly. Even if speed and politics are not always associated, this time, we promise you, it will be really quick. How can we do this? You have to make their VAT declaration every month or every quarter. While until now the slowness of the procedures has hampered the finances of small businesses, the new decree reduces the deadline from six to three months. The new measure applies only to businesses less than two years old that submit their VAT returns monthly and electronically. In addition, the credit to be recovered may not be less than €245.

  • The “small statutes” automatically insured by the law on accidents at work

The concept of “small status” covers people doing work as part of a training course. According to Securex, “the scope of application of the law on accidents at work is extended to all work benefits in the context of training, including those that do not give rise to social security liability”. As a result, statutory insurance against accidents at work becomes compulsory for these persons and the employer will therefore have to introduce a Dimona (immediate declaration of employment) for these small statuses.