National minimum wage in detail

French law provides that all employees of 18 years and over are entitled to a minimum wage (called the ‘SMIC’) of EUR 10.03 per hour (EUR 1,521.22 per month based on 35 hours per week) from 1 January 2019. The amount of the SMIC is the same whatever the position of the employee and the nature of the employment. The SMIC is re-adjusted each year taking into account changes in the monthly consumer price index and the purchasing power of average blue collar and non-managerial white collar wages; the government also has the discretion to decide on a further increase. Collective bargaining agreements also set minimum wages for certain jobs, based on criteria such as the knowledge, skills and responsibilities involved. They generally provide for higher amounts than the SMIC.

A 10% holiday pay allowance may have to be paid upon termination of employment. It is not reflected in the above chart as it does not concern permanent employees, who are eligible for paid vacation but will not receive additional remuneration for it.

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Author: Capstan

Date: March 2019

Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.


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