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A new year, a new indexation?

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14/01/2019


The indexation of wages varies from sector to sector. For some sectors indexation occurs, for example, per quarter, for other sectors indexation occurs every six months, per year, etc. Each joint committee (“JC”) decides when and how the indexation takes place. If the joint committee decides to index wages, every employer belonging to that joint committee must apply the indexation.


These joint committees have agreed upon the following indexation for the year 2019:

    • JC 200: + 2.16 %
    • JC 202: + 1 %
    • JC 216: + 0.75 %
    • JC 217: + 2.104 %
    • JC 220: + 2.10 %
    • JC 221: + 1.19 %
    • JC 222: + 1.19 %
    • JC 226: + 1.26 %
    • JC 302: + 2.104 %
    • JC 306: + 2.2078 %
    • JC 309: + 0.4453 %
    • JC 310: + 0.45 %
    • JC 313: + 2 %
    • JC 323: + 2.16 %
    • JC 333: + 2.16 %
    • JC 340: + 2.16 %
    • JC 341: + 2.16 %

 

These indexations must be applied with effect as from 1 January 2019.


The wage indexation must be applied by all employers belonging to the abovementioned joint committees. The indexation applies to all the employees who fall under a joint committee equally. In this respect, employers cannot make any distinction between employees(e.g. based on employee performance).


Generally speaking, payroll agencies will in principle automatically apply this indexation.


The wage indexation (that is decided at sector level) has to be applied regardless of any salary increase that the employer applies at company level. At company level, the company can grant the employees, in addition to the indexation, a salary increase (being understood that the salary increase is to be limited based on the wage norm).


Do not hesitate to contact our employment department for any questions you may have in this respect.