What are the benefits of working in France?
Posted on September 28, 2020
If you have planned an overseas career in France and have landed a job there and plan to move there, you will first need to know the benefits of working in France.
Working hours and paid time off
The working hours in France are only 35 hours per week and overtime is entitled for extra wages.
Employees are entitled to five weeks of paid holiday annually after they finish their one month of probation.
The minimum wage in France, is 1,498.47 Euros (1,681 USD) per month with the average salary being 2,998 Euros (3,362 USD) gross (or 2,250 Euros (2,524 USD) net) for a full-time, private sector employee.
Here is a list of popular jobs in France and their wages:
|Profession||Average annual salary (EUR)||Average annual salary (USD)|
|Teacher (high school)||30,000||33,650|
Tax rates in France
|Income Share||Tax Rate|
|Up to €10,064||0%|
|Between €10,065 – €27,794||14%|
|Between €27,795 – €74,517||30%|
|Between €74,518 – €157,806||41%|
Social security benefits
As an overseas worker in France you are eligible for social security benefits provided you are staying in France for more than three months. You or your employer can apply for your social security number which will give you access to the social security scheme in France. Benefits
With a social security number, you will get access to the following benefits:
- Unemployment benefits
- Family allowances
- Old age pension
- Health and sickness benefits
- Invalidity benefits
- Accidents and occupational disease benefits
- Death benefits
- Maternity and paternity benefits
Maternity and paternity leave
Maternity leave in France is 16 weeks for the first child, 16 weeks for the second and 26 weeks for the third child. The leave period can begin up to 6 weeks before birth. The mother can take 8 weeks of leave on the birth of a child.
Paternity leave is 11 consecutive days for a single child, or 18 days for multiple birth.
French working culture is based on tradition, attention to detail, and a clear hierarchical structure.