The number of temporary workers in France increased by 1.8% in 2018, according to the Prism’Emploi association, a trade union for employment agencies. This corresponded to the creation of nearly 13,000 full-time equivalent jobs. In May alone, there were 414,400 temporary jobs, up 9.5% from the same time last year. The fastest-growing sectors were the services and industry, while agriculture saw the slowest growth (-0.4%). Lucrez in Europa
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The country also has an active training policy for all its employees. Private-sector employees have access to employer-supplied training credits, which travel with them when they leave their positions. Training accounts are accessible through online forms. Terminating open-ended contracts requires certain protocols in France. In general, the employer must have good cause. Personal grounds include poor behavior, while economic grounds are centered around financial difficulties. A social and economic committee is often involved.
French and German governments have reformed their short-time work schemes in recent years, which were designed to prevent workers from being dismissed because of temporary problems. The aim of these programs is to promote short-term work while dampening the economic shock. These short-term contracts are fully funded by the government and Unedic, the organization responsible for unemployment benefit, and the application process has been made more transparent. The Dares weekly indicator shows that more than eight million people in France benefit from short-term work – that is, at least 34% of salaried workers.
While posting temporary workers in France, employers should also designate a representative in France. Failing to do so will result in workers not being considered posted workers by French tax administrations. This could result in heavy fines for the employer. Furthermore, the French tax administrations will inspect posted workers and will ask for documents in order to confirm their employment status. If this is not done, the employees can be denied a work permit. So, it is essential to ensure that the representative you choose is registered and authorized by the French government.