* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Euro (€)


CET (GMT +1)

Employment Cost

31.56% - 54.11%

Annual Leave

25 days

In-demand Specialties*
Agriculture, Tourism, Energy

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in France

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In France

Employing in France requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in France with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in France quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Recognised as one of the world's most advanced nations, France is ranked as the seventh-largest global economy in 2020 and the second-largest within the European Union after Germany. The French tech industry presents significant opportunities for expansion on a global scale.

Remote workers in France receive a monthly working indemnity of 100 EUR as acknowledgement of the effort of integrating their professional lives into their homes. Moreover, the government extends various incentives to those planning to establish businesses in the country.

The World Bank's 'Doing Business Report' for 2019 highlights France as one of the most business-friendly nations, attributing this to its cultural diversity and openness to different cultures and lifestyles. The country also possesses a strong infrastructure, providing access to high-speed Internet and dependable phone services.

France places a high value on work-life balance, making it an attractive destination for individuals seeking a healthy equilibrium between professional and personal life. The implementation of the "Right to Disconnect" law in 2017 underscores this commitment by prohibiting employees from sending or responding to emails beyond specific hours.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in France

France follows European Directive 2019/1152, requiring employers to communicate key employment terms in writing. Employment contracts, whether permanent or fixed-term, must be in French, regardless of the employee's language proficiency. The following formalities must be followed when employing in France:

  • Filling out pre-hiring declaration by the employer (“déclaration préalable à l’embauche”)
  • Informing the French Labor Administration of the employment (“Inspection du travail”)
  • Registering company with complementary pension funds (“retraite complémentaire”)
  • Acquiring health insurance and provident insurance in compliance with French law and applicable collective bargaining agreements
  • Recording full names of employees in the staff register (“registre du personnel”)
  • Completing immigration formalities for non-French employees (excluding European nationals)

Probationary Period in France

Probationary periods in France serve to reduce hiring risks and allow employers to evaluate their employees' abilities. During this period, the employment contract can be terminated by either the employee or the employer without cause, incurring no extra costs for the employer except for mandatory notice periods, which can range from 24 hours to 1 month. The duration of these periods varies based on criteria such as the employee's role and seniority:

  • Office and blue-collar workers ("employés et ouvriers") – 2 months
  • Supervisors and technicians ("agents de maîtrise et techniciens") – 3 months
  • Executive employees ("cadres") – 4 months

Working hours in France

According to French law, the maximum working hours for all companies is set at 35 hours, with a maximum of 10 hours per working day. A minimum rest period of 11 hours is required between two consecutive working days, and a 20-minute break is mandated after 6 hours of work.

Overtime in France

In France, working overtime is not as prevalent, but employers can consent to extended workweeks. Any hours beyond the regular 35 hours per week are considered overtime, with employers compensating at a rate of 25% per hour for the initial eight hours of overtime. An extra 50% is applied for each subsequent hour.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in France

France has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 January - 31 December

Fiscal Year in France

1 January - 31 December is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in France use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in France

The payroll cycle in France is usually monthly, with employees being paid by the end of the month.
11.75 EUR p/h

Minimum Wage in France

The minimum wage for employees in France is typically 11.75 EUR per hour, amounting to ~1,645.58 EUR per month for a typical 35 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in France

France's minimum wage of 1,645.58 EUR per month is one of the highest in the European Union.

Bonus Payments in France

In France, it is customary to give 13th-month salary payments at the end of the year.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in France

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in France's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in France.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 31.56% - 54.11% on top of the employee salary in France.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In France, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 30.23%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Income tax is computed using progressive rates in France, reaching up to 45%. Factors like household status and the number of children can impact the overall tax rates.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in France

In France, pension eligibility requires at least 10 years of residence and work in the country, with 40-43 years of employment for the maximum pension. Supplementary and private pension plans are also available. The retirement pension, administered by French Social Security, can be claimed at age 62, offering between 37.5% and 50% of the average annual income over a 25-year career.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in France tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in France

When it comes to terminating employment in France, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

Employment agreements can be concluded through redundancy, resignation, or mutual agreement negotiation. However, termination due to COVID-19 is prohibited in France. To formally end the employment, employers must provide the employee with the following documents:

  • Position certificate ("certificat de travail")
  • A document for the French Public Employment Service ("Pôle employ") for unemployment benefits
  • Employer statement on owed amounts ("solde de tout compte")

Notice Period

In France, notice periods, including post-probationary periods, extend based on the duration of employment:

  • 0-6 months of service: determined by relevant collective agreements (ranging from 24 hours to 30 days)
  • 6 months-2 years of service: 1 month notice
  • 2 years above: 2 months' notice
  • For executives: 3 months' notice

Severance Pay

Mandatory severance payments are required for dismissals, contract breaches, or mutual termination in France. The amount is typically calculated based on the highest figure among the monthly average over the past year, the general monthly average, or one-third of the payment over the last three months. It varies depending on the employee's seniority:

  • First 10 years of seniority – 1/4 of monthly salary per year
  • After 10 years of seniority – 1/3 of monthly salary per year

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in France

The annual leave entitlement in France is 25 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in France

France observes 11 public holidays mandated by law, which are separate from the minimum holiday entitlement in the French Labor Code. The Alsace region and the Moselle department observe two extra days. Employers usually grant these public holidays as days off, and collective bargaining agreements specify that employees must take time off on these days:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in France

Maternity Leave in France

Paternity Leave in France

Sick Leave in France

Parental Leave In France

France's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in France

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in France's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In France

Make your benefits package in France a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Health Insurance
  • Long-Term/Disability Insurance
  • Death Benefit
  • Workman's Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in France

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in France within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in France create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for France

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in France.

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Integrated EOR Platform

Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

Accelerated Immigration Timeline

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