Payroll and HR in France

Payroll and HR in France

Local Information

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Business Language(s):French (recommended), English
Tax Year Dates:1st January – 31st December


For companies looking to expand internationally, France offers up huge opportunities as the second largest economy and exporter in the EU. The country continues to maintain its status as a world leader in trade and tourism as well as research and development. Despite the opportunity for growth, there are a number of challenges to overcome when doing business in France, none more so than differing payroll and HR.

With unique social security systems in place, high corporate rates and naturally, a language barrier, it’s vital to understand the ins and outs of French legislation, payroll and HR compliance.

Working & Living in France

For information on what it’s like to work and live in France, check out our Living & Working in France Guide.

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Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

Employer Must-Dos

In France, the following reports must be submitted to strict deadlines

  • Shares & BIK (Benefit in kind)
  • Declaration Annuelle des Donnees Sociale (DADS)
  • Fiche Fiscal/Employee Summary of Earnings
  • Declaration Nominative Annuelle (DNA)
  • Gras Savoye

Payroll in France


In France, employees must receive a payslip even if they are paid through bank transfer. Payslips should be issued in electronic form.

What tax considerations are there?

There is no monthly personal income tax deducted in France, this is deducted yearly. Unlike other European countries, the French social security system is funded through social security contributions. To remain payroll compliant at all times, employees and employers must contribute a specified amount to the social insurance system whilst ensuring other mandatory processes are implemented.

HR in France

What are the regular working hours in France?

In France, the regular working hours are 35 hours a week. Overtime is calculated differently dependent on the hours worked after regular working hours. There are exemptions for those in particular roles.


Like other European countries an employee cannot be terminated unless for a reason under the ‘Code Du Travail’.

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about international payroll and the implications and considerations that come along with it, download our free guide to international payroll today.

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FMP’s French Payroll and HR Solutions

FMP Global is dedicated to providing tailored, cost-effective solutions that meet your company’s individual requirements. Whether in Paris or Marseille, with a single point of contact and in-country teams, you have the guidance you need, whenever you need it. Whether you need information on company formation, tax compliance, visas or general payroll and HR, we can help. Our solutions include:

  • French Employment Contracts
  • Payroll Processing
  • Handling of social charges
  • Handling of payments (salaries & social charges)
  • Annual declarations (lodging, apprenticeship & training taxes for concerned companies)
  • Relations with social bodies
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Tax and Labour Law Consulting
  • Assisting in payroll audit (or payroll department audit)
  • Assistance for URSSAF audit
  • Handling of confidential payroll
  • Assistance in company restructuring plan
  • Assistance in implementation of procedures
  • Assistance with start-up (in link with lawyers)

Stay Compliant - Payroll and HR Services in France

If you need a global HR and payroll partner, look no further than FMP Global. We’re experts in French payroll and HR compliance, legislation and employment law - helping you to grow your business internationally. We’ll help give you peace of mind by dealing with the complexities while you get on with the important stuff.

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