Our Social Security guide sets out the differences between social security contributions over 38 countries. As you will see from the graph at the beginning of the guide, the highest employer payments were 45% of a worker’s salary, in France. We found that Western democracies often had high employer contributions, but not necessarily: UK and US contributions are relatively low. By contrast, some former Soviet countries had high levels and the same is true of certain South American jurisdictions. In terms of employee contributions, the picture is very varied and this is reflected in the graph. The highest contributions were in the Netherlands, at some 27%.
But one must not forget that some countries simply don’t provide services by means of social security contributions, but do it via taxation. This explains the fact that Denmark appears to be an outlier at the bottom of the graph. Therefore, for a fuller picture, make sure to look at the parameters we have set out for the graph (on the left hand side over the page) and take a look at the country text for those countries you are interested in.
Social Security Guide