Hire in France in 3 easy steps

Who doesn’t love the famous landmarks in Paris, the blue waters of the French Riviera, and the countless French bakeries filled with delicious croissants and macaroons? But apart from all this, France is also known for its rising population of highly educated and skilled workers. Let us show you why and how you can hire and manage your remote team from this magical country.

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Onboard your talent in France 90% faster

If you’re considering hiring your next candidate in France, you’re in the right place. At WorkMotion, we have helped hundreds of businesses onboard their remote hires, and we have achieved excellent expertise in the country. Our tech solutions and team of experts will make this incredibly easy for you.

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Net salary calculator

Calculate net salary in France post deductions and compare it with the salary in other countries instantly

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Guidance & payroll management

Receive process support by an experienced team of experts & pay your talent on time and in their local currency.

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Expense check

Identify taxable talent expenses easily. No more manual sorting & human errors. Get 100% protection from tax liabilities

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Equipment management

Send laptops and other devices to your remote employees in France through our platform with just a few clicks.

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Hire in France through an EOR

Easily onboard your remote talent in France through our Employer of Record (EOR) solution. Our subsidiaries and network partners make this process fast and 100% compliant.

A quick overview of France

Time zone

UTC+1

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Paid leave

25 days

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Minimum wage

€1747.20

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Currency

EUR

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Public holidays

11 days

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Payroll frequency

Monthly

What makes France's talent great?

The French are creative and innovative. France has adopted a policy to develop clusters—“pôles de compétitivité”— hubs of industry intelligence and expertise, bringing together research institutes, training centers and businesses. In general, French employees are known for their high skill levels and qualifications. This is due to free public education and great training opportunities.

French workers are known for opting to go for higher education and being adaptable to changes in organisation or work methods.

Get more detailed info about France’s hiring landscape

Basic facts

France, officially the French Republic, is a country located in northwestern Europe, with a real GDP growth rate of 7% in 2021. The country borders the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel between Belgium and Spain, to the southeast of the UK bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Spain. It is the largest agricultural producer in Europe and is among the world’s largest economies. France is a part of many organizations and plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-7, the G-20, the EU, and other multilateral organizations. *Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in France.

Capital

Paris

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Population

67.62 M

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VAT - standard rate

20%

Statutory holidays

The national holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2023. In France, 11 public holidays are provided by law. The Alsace region and the Moselle department observe two additional days. Unlike most countries, these holidays do not shift when they fall during a weekend.

Date Holiday Name
January 1 New Year’s Day (Jour de l’an)
April 10 Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
May 1 Labor Day (Fête du premier mai)
May 8 World War II Victory Day (Fête du huitième mai/Jour de la Victoire 45)
May 18 Ascension Day (Jour de l’Ascension)
May 28 Whit Monday (Pentecost Monday/Lundi de Pentecôte)
July 14 Bastille Day (Fête nationale)
August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)
November 1 All Saints’ Day (La Toussaint)
November 11 Armistice Day (Jour d’armistice)
December 25 Christmas Day (Noël)

Contract sharing time

The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in France ranges from a few minutes to a few days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal or external review, directly leading to a time delay. If all talent data is available, the contract can be generated immediately.

What you need to know

Labour conditions

Leave / time off

Statutory benefits

As of January 2023, the following Social Security statutory deductions are payable by the employer: *This rate varies based on company size and risks. **The rate of 3.45% applies to businesses eligible for the general decrease in contributions and to annual salaries lower than or equal to 3.5 times the legal minimum wage (SMIC). ***The upper limit is equal to four monthly social security ceilings (4 x 3,666 €).

Benefits Employer Rate (% of total earnings) Ceiling
Social Security
Health, maternity, disability, death 13% or 7% Not specified
Autonomy solidarity contribution ("Contribution solidarité autonomie"/ CSA) 0.3% Not specified
Old-age insurance (with upper limit) 8.55% €3,666
Old-age insurance 1.9% Not specified
Accidents at work* Variable Not specified
Family benefits** 5.25% or 3.45% Not specified
Unemployment*** 4.05% €14,664
AGS 0.15% €14,664
Supplementary pensions (Agirc-Arrco scheme)
Bracket 1 4.72% €3,666
CEG (Overall balance contribution) 1.29% €3,666
Bracket 2 12.95% from €3,666 to € 29,328
CEG 1.62% from €3,666 to € 29,328

Health insurance

Employees working in France are eligible for health insurance through their social security contributions (cotisations socialise).

Social security also pays for daily cash benefits during certified sick leave. This benefit is paid at 50% of the basic average salary for a maximum of 360 daily benefits over any three-year period.

Accident insurance

The eligibility rules for accident-at-work benefits in kind are the same as those for in-kind health insurance benefits, with the exception that all care (medical, surgical, and pharmacy) in this case is covered by the Fund at a rate of 100% while it is 70% for regular health insurance.

Condition

Benefits

Day of accident

Full daily wage paid by the employer.

The first 28 days of prescribed medical leave

A daily allowance of 60% of daily wage

29th day – 3 months

A daily allowance of 80% of daily wage

More than 3 months

The claimant’s benefit rate can be revised upward in the event of a general wage rise

Unemployment insurance

To qualify for unemployment benefits (Return to employment benefit /”ARE”), the claimant must meet the following seven requirements: Be registered as a job seeker; Not to have reached the age and number of quarters required for a full-rate pension or not qualify for early retirement; Effective December 1, 2021: Have worked at least six months (i.e. 130 days or 910 hours) over the previous 24 months; Be involuntarily unemployed or a proven, genuine, substantive career change plan; Be physically fit for work; Be engaged in a substantive ongoing search for employment; Reside in the geographical area covered by France’s unemployment insurance program.

Public pension

The French pension system is made up of three pillars:

A French pension is typically available to those who have lived and worked in France for a set number of years (must have worked for at least 10 years) and meet other conditions. The maximum pension amount can only be claimed after working in France for 40–43 years. However, earners can also pay into a supplementary pension and/or private pension plan for more pension security.