ICT Industry in Belgium: General Profile and Insights

by Dan Irascu

ICT Industry in Belgium: General Profile and Insights

The Belgian ICT market is considered to be mature and sophisticated but still open and innovative. The market is highly competitive but at the same time has opportunities for international trade, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.

Now, in 2020, the ICT sector is one of the most dynamic in Belgium, with a turnover of 35 billion euro the ICT sector contributes 10% of GDP per year.

The average net salary of a Belgian web developer is estimated to be around 2545 EUR, with an hourly rate of 22EUR. This makes the Belgian IT industry one of the most expensive in Europe, but at the same time highly-qualified due to IT education investment and government policies that support this economy pillar and its continuous development

  • Why is it worth working with a Belgian IT company?

Belgian web agencies and IT companies provide the full range of services required on the market. But also, companies focus and tend to develop several specific IT branches that proved to be required both on the local and international markets. In this way, based on a study performed by Open Export Belgian agencies are among the best in Europe in providing the following services: 

  1. E-health

  2. Fintech

  3. Cybersecurity

  4. Big Data

  5. Digital and Social Marketing

  6. ICT for education

  7. E-Government 

  • What to pay attention when working with Belgian-based agencies

As it was mentioned from the very beginning, the Belgian IT industry is one of the most expensive in Europe. Also, Belgian agencies like many western countries perform Business Process Outsourcing, by recruiting human resources and professionals from cheaper countries.

As one of Europe’s most popular IT hub, Belgium is reachable almost exclusively to companies that can invest and survive on the market. The tough competition within its borders and also in the region combined with high living prices created a favorable environment for either big or serious companies. 

  • How Belgium IT infrastructure relates to its neighboring countries?

Even though Belgium has a well-developed IT infrastructure and supports the presence of all types of business entries on the IT market, the neighboring country’s IT capacities make a good competition and create similar or even higher opportunities for ICT. According to the Entrepreneur, Germany, Holland, and France are the leading IT Hubs in Europe alongside Belgium, which makes the first three  - a good alternative for IT startups and web projects. 

Belgium still remains one of the most preferred and trusted countries in the world for IT innovation, web development, web design, and creative projects. 

Dan Irascu

Head of Marketing

Researching, analyzing, and writing insightful stuff is what I do for a long time now at Mobiteam. At TechBehemoths, I put all my experience and knowledge work for IT companies and businesses and help them reach each other.