Employees in France

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Working Conditions

Opening Hours
  • Legal Weekly Duration
35 hours
  • Maximum Duration
Maximum duration:: 10 hours per day and 48 hours per week.
  • Night Hours
Between 9pm and 6am.
Working Rest Day
The weekly rest day of at least 24 hours is Sunday; this day must be observed but permanent dispensations may be granted for particular activities.
Paid Annual Vacation
2 and a half working days of paid vacation a month; working days are all weekdays except Sunday and public holidays.
This equals 30 days or 5 weeks vacation a year.
Retirement Age
65 years of age, but as soon as the employee has paid enough into the compulsory retirement scheme, he can leave his work any time after age 60.
Child Labor and Minimum Age For Employment
16 years old
Informal Labor Market
About 6% of the population say they have worked without being declared every year. For further information consult the European Commission's study of undeclared work.
Undeclared work is above all made up of hours of work only partially declared or undeclared overtime.

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The Cost of Labor


Minimum Wage
The minimum wage is EUR 8.44 an hour.
Average Wage
In 2005, the average annual wage for men was EUR 24,446 and for women EUR 19, 818.
Other Forms of Pay
  • Pay For Overtime
Between the 36th and 39th hour an increase of 25%.
Between the 40th and the 43rd hour an increase of 25%.
From the 44th hour an increase of 50%.
  • Pay For Rest Days Worked
According to the collective agreements, except May 1 which is increased by 100%.
  • Pay For Night Hours
For one hour of night work if it is for less than 25 nights a year: an increase of 25%
For one hour of night work if it is for more than 25 nights a year: 10%
  • Pay For Overtime at Night
The same as for overtime.

Social Security Costs

The Areas Covered
Health insurance (medical care, maternity, disability, death), retirement pensions, family allowances, unemployment benefit.
Contributions Paid By the Employer: 42% to 45% (the employer pays the contributions to be free of his commitments regarding sickness, retirement and unemployment).
Contributions Paid By the Employee: 22%
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