Country focus: France

Minimum wage

Currently Euros 1,217.91 (£825) per month. Collective bargaining agreements generally stipulate a minimum wage that is higher than the National Minimum Wage.

Working time

Legal work time set at 35 hours per week, generally over a five-day week.


Five weeks’ minimum annual leave. Usually 10 public holidays per year. Maternity leave of 16 weeks for first and second child; 26 weeks for third and any additional children. Additional leave for multiple births.

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HR Benchmarker metrics include…

  •  Absence 
  • Staff turnover 
  • Reasons for leaving
  • HR initiatives 
  • Recruitment/training costs
  • Equality and diversity 
  • Employment tribunal costs
  • Stress-related absence  
  • Plus many more




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