Remote’s guide to employing in

France
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Make employment in France easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in France, all in one easy-to-use platform.

  • Capital City

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    French

  • Population size

    67,067,000

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementGlobal Payroll
Eiffel tower in Paris, France

Facts & Stats

France Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    French

  • Population size

    67,067,000

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (17 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    20%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    1.725% (2018 est.)

France, officially the French Republic (French: république française), is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. France is a developed country with the world's seventh-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the tenth-largest by PPP. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world.

Grow your team in France with Remote

Looking to employ workers in France? Companies hiring in France must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in France on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your France team. You can also pay contractors now in France with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

France, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in France may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in France

Employment law in France is not contained under a single law. Instead it is governed by statutory regulations codified in (among other laws) the French labour code, the French Constitution as well as European Commission and other international labour conventions. Furthermore, collective labour law through codetermination, trade unions and collective bargaining plays a significant role in French labour relations.

French employment law provides strong labour conditions and protections for employees, so employing people will be an important investment and commitment.

Temporary agencies are popular options for more flexible workforce arrangements. For these and many other reasons, the following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in France.

Minimum Wage

The minimum hourly wage for a 35-hour workweek in 2023 is €11.52, resulting in a monthly salary of €1,747.20. Collective bargaining agreements frequently establish a higher minimum wage, which is legally enforceable.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in France fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 3 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

11 Public holidays

Jan
Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Jour de l'An)
Apr
Monday, 1 April 20242Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
May
Wednesday, 1 May 20243Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
Wednesday, 8 May 20244Victory in Europe Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
Thursday, 9 May 20245Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (Ascension)
Monday, 20 May 20246Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
Jul
Sunday, 14 July 20247Bastille Day (Fête nationale)
Aug
Thursday, 15 August 20248Assumption of Mary (Assomption)
Nov
Friday, 1 November 20249All Saints' Day (Toussaint)
Monday, 11 November 202410Armistice Day (Armistice 1918)
Dec
Wednesday, 25 December 202411Christmas Day (Noël)

Competitive benefits package in France

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in France are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in France

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in France.

  • 13.00%

    Health, Maternity, Disability, Death

  • 8.55% (ceiling of €3,311) - Old Age Insurance

  • 5.25% or 2.45% - Family Benefits

  • 4.05% (ceiling of €13,244) - Unemployment

  • 0.30%

    Autonomy Solidarity Contribution

  • 0.15%

    AGS (Wage Guarantee Insurance)

Types of leave

All full-time workers are legally entitled to 25 days paid holiday leave a year. In addition, full-time workers have 11 paid public holidays a year. The minimum amount of annual leave is 5 weeks.

Employment termination

Termination process

French employers in general have the following ways to terminate the employment relationship:

  • Termination by mutual consent through a settlement agreement;

  • Employee resignation with written notice and notice period as per employment contract;

  • Urgent dismissal of the employee, for example in case of theft or any other serious misconduct.

Notice period

The statutory notice period for an employer depends on the duration of employment. For employment duration between 6 months and 2 years, the notice period is 1 month. For employment duration over 2 years, it is 2 months. For executives, the notice period is 3 months.

There are exceptions where notice period is not observed:

  • Employer’s voluntary waiver on the notice period or upon the employee’s request. 

  • Employee’s resignation during pregnancy or for the purpose of raising a child.

  • Employee’s resignation following business start-up leave.

  • An applicable collective agreement makes exemption.

Probation periods

The maximum length of a probationary period is 8 months depends on position held. Probation period is also applicable to part-time employees and collective bargaining agreements also play a role here.

Fair Pricing in France

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at US$599/month

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors

US$29

per contractor/month

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Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

US$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

Manage all of your employees in one place

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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app