Belgium – 2016 Minimum Salary Increases for Work Permits
The Belgian government has announced a slight increase in the minimum salary requirements for Type B work permits and Blue Cards from 1 January 2016.
Minimum Salary Thresholds
The Belgian government annually increases its minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals in line with inflation. Work permits are processed by the Belgian Regions: Flanders, Brussels, and Wallonia.
France has announced a state of urgency due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, prolonging border control measures. In other news, businesses convicted of illegal labor may be blacklisted.
State of Urgency Until End of February
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris of November 13-14, 2015, the French parliament has voted to maintain a “State of Urgency” until the end of February 2016. This means that the French government can prolong its border controls until that time.
Blacklist for Illegal Labor
Businesses convicted of illegal labor may now be on a “blacklist” posted on the website of the Ministry of Labour.
The Act of 10 July 2014 provided for the establishment of a “blacklist” of companies convicted of illegal work. A decree of October 21, 2015, specifies how this information will be posted on the website of the Ministry of Labour. The government hopes that the negative publicity affecting a company’s image could dissuade it from hiring unauthorized workers in the future.
Effective 1 January 2016, the statutory minimum wage in Ireland increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour, which equates to a new annual minimum salary of €18,556 per year (based on a 39 hour working week).
Who is Affected?
This increase in the Irish minimum wage impacts the following categories of employment permit applicants current holders:
It is important to note that these revised rates apply equally to employment in respect of which employment permits are already in force.
What pay increases may be required for existing Employment Permit holders?
Netherlands – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2016
Effective 1 January 2016, the Dutch immigration authorities have implemented new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.
It is not necessary to adjust salaries of existing Knowledge Migrants in the Netherlands unless applying for a renewal of the residence permit. The new levels apply only where an application, either for a new residence permit or a renewal of an existing residence permit, is made.
Minimum Salaries for 2016
The new minimum gross monthly salary levels are as follows:
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