HR administration and Payroll in France: Understanding the most complex payroll system in Europe

If you are planning to start or expand your  business to  France, you need to make sure that you comply with the French legislation. Our French payroll services are fully compliant and up-to-date with the current French payroll requirements. If you are a newcomer to the French market, our start-up kit includes assistance in registering with the necessary French authorities. Managing payroll in France is easy with Adm In Me.

Planning to hire in France?

There are several things you need to consider before that.

First, you must enter into a contract under French labor law. Employees in France enjoy extensive rights granted by both Labor Code (Code Du Travail) and collective agreements (Conventions Collectives de Travail). The Code describes the minimum conditions of employment such as: working hours, overtime payments, holidays, trial and notice periods, dismissal conditions, health and safety regulations & trade union rights. Collective agreements are negotiated between syndicates and employers’ associations. The specific rights and obligations of both employees and employers are covered in the collective agreements. In France, employment laws cannot be altered or nullified by private agreements between the employee and the employers.

Foreigners working in France are employed under the same working conditions as French citizens, although there are different rules for certain categories of employee, e.g. directors, managers, and factory workers. Part-time employees are entitled to the same rights and benefits (on a pro rate basis) as full-time employees.

Did you know?

French payroll is considered the most complex payroll in Europe. Historically French payroll did not apply the pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) system, which has become mandatory for all French employers starting with 2019.

French Payroll made simple

  • Receiving monthly payroll input in any format (i.e. electronic, email, phone)
  • Calculations of compensation, taxes, and contributions
  • Payslip preparation, including multi lingual
  • Preparation and execution of net salary payments to employees
  • Preparation of social contribution filings (URSSAF, Pôle Emploi, Pension and Insurance Funds) and execution of monthly payments to authorities
  • Preparation of sickness, maternity & paternity certificates
  • Creation of accounting files to upload into your financial ERP system
  • Joiners (including registering their details with the relevant authorities)
  • Leavers (including registering their details with the relevant authorities, and providing a Pôle Employ certificate, Work Certificate and final calculation of salary)

Our company offers both statutory and company specific HR administration and payroll in France. Our bilingual HR experts keep constant track of changes in the Labor Law as well as collective agreements. Contact us today to talk to an expert and receive your customized offer for HR & payroll services in France.


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