Hire employees in France. No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in France, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
France also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in France quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
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- Health Insurance
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- Salary Guarantee Fund
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Minimum Wage Requirements
The base minimum wage is EUR 1,602.12 per month and will vary according to the Collective Labor Agreement of the company.
For employees hired under the EOR model, the following minimum wages will apply:
- Junior job position - EUR 2,400
- Senior job position - EUR 2,571
- Fixed day rate - EUR 2,914
Individual Income Tax
The individual income tax ranges up to 45%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. Multiple additional factors may impact overall rates, such as household status and the number of children.
|Gross Annual Income||Tax Rate (%)|
|Up to EUR 10,225||0%|
|Up to EUR 26,070||11%|
|Up to EUR 74,545||30%|
|Up to EUR 160,336||41%|
|Over EUR 160,336||45%|
The employer cost is generally estimated at between 42% to 48% of the employee salary.
- Sickness Maternity Invalidity Death - 7-13%
- Supplementary Incapacity Invalidity Death - 1.5%
- Workplace accidents-occupational illnesses - 1%
- Social Security capped - 8.55%
- Social Security uncapped 1.90%
- Family benefits - 3.45%
- Unemployment insurance - 4.24%
- Retirement pension - 6.22%
- Other contributions - 1.59%
- Occupational Medicine - 0.41% (plus a fixed fee of EUR 9.53)
- Complementary health benefit - EUR 42.50 (the exact cost will be adjusted during onboarding)
- Medical Exam Fee
- One time fee EUR 50
- Monthly fee EUR 4.90
- Electronic Fee
- Monthly fee EUR 3.00
Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours
Standard working hours are 7 hours per day, 35 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Monday to Friday.
Overtime payment is mandatory for part-time employees. Employees hired under the contract condition “day pass” are not entitled to overtime pay. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Part-time employees can work a maximum of 1/10 of the weekly hours paid at 110% of the hourly rate.
The employer is responsible for this payment and it is refunded by Social Security.
The employee can’t extend leave but can claim parental leave if they’ve worked at least one year for the same employer.
The employee will receive the average salary of the past three months before taking the leave, with a max of EUR 89 per day. During this period the employer will be responsible for the payment.
The employee can’t extend leave but can claim parental leave if they have worked at least one year for the same employer.
For the second option, the employee can choose the working hours, and they must be agreed upon with the employer. If parental leave is fully taken, it will be unpaid. If the employee takes partial leave, they will receive the pro-rata salary.
Parental leave can be extended until the child reaches the age of three.
Employees, who have worked 150 hours during the first three calendar months, are entitled to unlimited paid sick leave. The first three days are unpaid and considered as a qualifying period. Leave after day 3 is paid for by Social Security.
|0 - 3 days||0%||N/A|
|4+ days||50% of base salary||Social Security|
The minimum notice period is 1 day and will be increased according to the length of the employment.
- 24 hours notice if the length of service is less than 8 days
- 48 hours notice if the length of service is between 8 -30 days
- 14 days notice if the length of service is between 30 - 90 days
- 30 days notice if the length of service is more than 90 days
After the probationary period:
- Up to 6 months of seniority: notice period will be determined by the applicable collective bargaining agreement, the employment contract, or the uses of the profession
- 30 days notice if the length of service is between 6 months and 2 years
- 60 days notice if the length of service is more than 2 years.
Severance for Employees
In France, severance payment is mandatory for dismissals, breach of contract, or termination by mutual agreement. The amount to be paid will depend on the employee's seniority and the collective bargain agreement that applies to the company. For EOR employees:
- The first 10 years of seniority, 1/4 of the monthly salary per year.
- After 10 years of seniority, 1/3 of the monthly salary per year.
Paid Time Off
Employees cannot take 25 days together, and at least 5 days should be taken separately. Employees must take PTO from May 1st to October 31st.
During this period, PTO should last at least 12 days and must be agreed upon with the employer.
France celebrates both 11 national and 2 regional holidays based on the location of the employee.
National public holidays include:
- New Year’s Day
- Easter Monday
- Labour Day
- Ascension Day
- Victory Day
- French National Holiday
- Assumption Day
- All Saint’s Day
- Armistice Day 1918
- Good Friday
- St. Stephen’s Day
Employment Contract Details
Contracts must be in French and can be bilingual. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.
A contract must include:
- Start date
- Length of the employment
- Job description
- Termination conditions
- Collective bargaining agreement
Probation periods are mandatory in France. The minimum probation period will depend on the company's collective bargain agreement and the employee's scope of work. For employees hired under the EOR model, the minimum probation period will be:
- 3 months for technicians, and can be renewed additional 3 months
- 4 months for executives and can be renewed additional 4 months
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