In France, the number one benefit people care about is healthcare. Governmental support for healthcare through the social security system is insufficient, especially for optical and dental healthcare. This is why French people consider the extra coverage provided by their employer to be very important.
Damien Vieillard Baron
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When asked to rank three other common benefits in order of importance, the average French employee will likely respond with: Disability, Death, and Retirement. It’s also important to know that in the Paris region, employers must reimburse 50% of a monthly rail pass for employees who commute to work by train.
As of January 1st, 2016 all companies, regardless of their size, located in France are required to have implemented employee healthcare plans with legally mandated minimum and maximum benefit amounts for every employee.
Average Cost For Employer Sponsored Benefits
The average monthly cost for a typical benefits package is 95 Euros for health, 40 Euros for death and disability and 3% of salary for retirement.
There is a very complex legal framework, especially related to the social security system which employers must abide by. It is so complex that even French companies need advice from specialists in this area.