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.
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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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.
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.
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.
|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)|
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.
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The employee is entitled to a leave of 2.5 working days per month of actual work with the same employer. The total duration of the required leave may not exceed 30 days (25 working days) for a full year of work. Annual leave entitles the employee to an indemnity equal to one tenth of the total gross remuneration received by the employee during the reference period.
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|
|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|
|Supplementary pensions (Agirc-Arrco scheme)|
|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|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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