The French government has announced an increment in the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC), effective from 1 January 2015. It is an 0.84% increase, from 1445.38EUR per month to currently 1457.52EUR per month. The SMIC is the minimum legal salary for all workers in France. An amendment to the SMIC affects minimum remuneration thresholds for some types of work permits.

Salary Requirements in France

Foreign nationals locally hired in France should be paid salaries comparable from what a French national in exactly the same position at exactly the same company would be prepared to receive. The newest application forms for work permits (see our alert here) make this very clear.

Employees on assignment to France must certainly be also be paid according for their level of expertise and experience, and salaries in every case should meet minimum requirements as mentioned in the applicable French conventional labour regulation (i.e. collective bargaining agreement) applicable to the parent French company.

Intra Company Transferees

The increase to the SMIC particularly affects employees coming to France as intra company transferees (i.e. using the Salarié en Mission route) since the minimum salary level with this route is set at SMIC x 1.5; i.e. at least 26,236EUR per year. However, observe that again, the salary should be relevant for the role and expertise of the applicant.

Next steps

We advise to review the salaries of applicants for upcoming transfers to France, particularly those following intra company transfer route, to ensure compliance.

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