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What are the benefits of working in France?

Posted on September 28, 2020
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What are the benefits of working in France?

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.

Minimum wage

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)
Construction 28, 960 32,480
Cleaner 19,480 21,850
Sales Worker 19,960 22,390
Engineer 43,000 48,235
Teacher (high school) 30,000 33,650
Professionals 34,570 38,790

 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%
Above €157,807 45%

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.

Workplace culture

French working culture is based on tradition, attention to detail, and a clear hierarchical structure.

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