France is one of the major economic powers of the world, alongside countries such as the United States, Japan, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. It also has a diversified economy led mainly by tourism, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals. In recent years, the government has pushed for a series of reforms that further spurred the economic freedom and growth of the country, including plans to reduce unemployment, improve the investment climate, and increase competitiveness. Overall, due to the steady economic growth in France, a substantial rise in living standards as well as taxation in the form of a value-added tax (VAT) follow. In fact, the taxes and social security contributions levied on employers and employees in France are higher than in many other European countries.
Employers need to follow the strict employment guidelines set forth by the local authorities before they could employ in France. This process can be time-consuming as the company first needs a legal entity in the country and it needs to manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance.
Global payroll solutions make it easy to find and hire top talent in France. With one seamless integration and local legal entity, we take care of the compliance matters so that you can start your globelizing plan immediately.
France’s worker classification labour and tax laws distinguish between contractors and full timers. If the individual meets the legal definition of an employee but is classified as a contractor, your company will face penalties.
Employment relationships in France are governed by statutory regulations codified in the French Labour Code, the French Constitution, the European Commission and other international and domestic labour conventions. The main sources of employment law are the French Labour Code, collective bargaining agreements, employment contracts and companies’ internal regulations.
Globelise will be able to help you navigate through the employment process and so that you will be able to offer a competitive and compliance offer to attract and retain your employees in France.
The General Confederation of Labour (Confédération générale du travail – CGT) is the largest trade union centre in France. It is affiliated to the European Trade Union Confederation and the International Trade Union Confederation. It aims at developing the ideals of freedom, equality, justice, secularism, brotherhood and solidarity. These ideals are translated into the protection and enshrinement of employees’ rights such as the right to dignity in the workplace, form and join trade unions, strike and freedom of expression.
The length of probation period in France depends on the job type:
|Job Type||Maximum Probation period|
|Blue-collar and White-collar Employees||2 months|
|Supervisors and Technical Employees||3 months|
|Managers and Professional Employees||4 months|
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