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Expand into the world's fifth largest economy with a portage salarial in France.

Thanks to its stable economy, thriving tourism, automotive, manufacturing and energy industries as well as its position as a global trading partner France is a popular location for business expansion. 

While establishing a business in France offers ample opportunity for both local and foreign businesses, it is also a process that is laden with red tape. Setting up a legal entity can be a costly and time-consuming process that halts many a business' expansion into France. Meanwhile, The French Labour Code, which sets out French employment laws, offers strong worker protections and can be difficult to navigate if you are unfamiliar with French business protocols. Some French employment laws are as follows:

  • Employers must provide a written or verbal employment contract. Employees can request a copy in their native language, however, only the French version of this document is legally binding.
  • As of 2017, employees in France have a 'right to disconnect'. This legally entitles them not to reply to work communications outside of working hours
  • Working hours are 35 hours a week or 7 hours a day. Under special circumstances working hours can increase to 48 hours per week
  • Maternity leave is set at 16 weeks. Paternity leave is set at 11 consecutive days

Employees working in France from oversees may also be required to obtain a work visa. Workers in EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are free to work in France without a visa. However, non-EU workers, including those in the UK, will need to obtain a work visa. There are two main types of work visas in France: 

  • Short stay visa – for stays of up to 90 days. 
  • Long-stay visa– for individuals who plan to stay for more than 90 days. 

From employee visas to The French Labour Code, expanding into France is a challenging and time-consuming process for businesses. This is where a portage salarial comes in. 


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Your Portage Salarial in France

A portage salarial is similar to a PEO or EOR in France in that it allows companies to expand and recruit in France without a legal entity. By acting as your PEO or portage salarial in France, Leap29 can relieve you of the costly and often time-consuming administrative tasks that come with global expansion. As such you can focus on your business growth in France without the burden of a legal entity and foreign employment regulations.

Why You Need a Portage Salarial in France?

When expanding into any foreign country, there is a lot to consider including compliant management of employment contracts, taxes, benefits, insurances, visa applications and payroll. In France specifically, a knowledge of The French Labour Code, which sets out French employment laws, is also a must for those looking to hire in France.

All of this can put strain on your resources and budgets, even stunting your expansion. 

By using a portage salarial, the employment of international hires in France can be lifted from your shoulders. By managing the recruitment, hiring, onboarding and compliance  of your employees in France you can move your expansion into the French market forward quickly without setting up a legal entity and without risking non-compliance. We can also ensure that your employees are paid on time with no discrepancies with tax or other contributions. 

Why Choose Leap29 as your Portage Salarial?

With an in-depth knowledge of the French labour code, French recruitment and onboarding practices and French visa requirements, you can be assured that Leap29 can facilitate a smooth and compliant business set up in France. 

With over 20 years of experience providing recruitment services to businesses across multiple sectors, including Engineering and Construction, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Renewable Energy and Technology, we can be the trusted portage for businesses expanding in France.  

By letting us take care of your international recruitment and employment, you can compete in one of world's strongest economies without the time, cost and restrictions of a legal entity.

If you want to find out more about how a portage salarial can support your international expansion, call our experts today on  +44 (0) 1625 537 555 or email enquiries@leap29.com.

What Our PEO Clients Say

"For the last few years, we have worked very closely with Simon and the team at Leap29 on a number of different projects in multiple countries across the globe. Leap29 have been a fantastic partner for us and are always willing to think with us to find the best solution. The communication with the team at Leap29 has always been excellent and Simon, in particular, is great to work with! They come highly recommended from us!"

Peter Yerardi, data.ai

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