Hiring an Employee in France
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A 5 Step Guide to Hiring an Employee in France
Finding the right candidate, French-specific laws, and cultural differences: hiring in a foreign country like France comes with many challenges. This article about hiring an employee in France highlights the 5 essential steps: From finding the ideal solution for your unique case to setting up payroll services.
Step 1 - Hiring an employee in France, with or without legal entity
Choosing a locally compliant solution for your unique case is the first essential step. Understanding your options is imperative to identifying the adequate solution.
I want to hire an employee, directly
Whether you are a start-up or a large corporate, we support businesses at any stage: from hiring your first employee in France as a foreign employer, to hiring several employees through your own French legal entity.
Hiring as a foreign employer
You can hire an employee in France directly, as a foreign employer, without setting up a legal entity.
To do so, a French payroll provider like My Payroll Pro France will register you as a foreign employer. From the registration and benefits setup to monthly payroll processing, we take care of everything.
I need guidance to find the best solution for my case
When seeking to hire an employee in France as a foreign company, you might come across an Employer-of-Record solution.
In French laws, the term EOR does not exist. The French solution that comes closest to matching an EOR-solution is the ‘portage salarial’. It is limited in two aspects: the nature of the engagement and its duration.
Some companies may decide to opt for independent contractor engagements to avoid the legal and financial burden that comes with hiring employees in France. This can be a risky and costly move as misclassification is fairly common with remote workers.
Our recommendation: request a free consultation with a local expert to find the ideal solution for your unique case.
Step 2 – Cost of hiring an employee in France
Recruiting cost, a competitive compensation package, social contributions and payroll taxes: In certain industries, such as tech industry or service sector, these costs can make up more than 50% of revenue.
Employer social contributions and payroll taxes have a significant impact on the total cost of hiring an employee in France. They can be extremely high: for a 35-hour full-time position with an annual salary exceeding € 50 000, you should expect between 41% and 46%.
Our recommendation: request a free cost estimation for your 1st employee in France.
Step 3 – Employment contract for your 1st employee in France
When hiring an employee in France, local mandatory provisions, including Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) have to be applied.
Our recommendation: have the employment contract drafted by local experts to ensure French laws and industry specifics are taken into account.
Step 4 – Employee benefits & incentives
Paid time off, insurance benefits, gifts: employee benefits and incentives can make the difference between your top candidates joining your company or turning down the job offer.
Our recommendation: Get advice from French experts to ensure that your employees receive the benefits they are entitled to and that your compensation package is attractive.
Step 5 – Payroll services in France
Companies employing staff in France are obliged to pay contributions in France, even if they have no local office and operate from their home country. Getting an external French payroll outsourcing company to handle payroll for your employees in France will ensure you are staying compliant and protecting your business by staying up-to-date on changes.
My Payroll Pro France is a French payroll provider that specializes in providing services to foreign companies.
Are you hiring an employee in France? Book a free consultation to talk to a French expert about your unique case.
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