Annual Leave and RTT Days in France: A Guide for Employers

France has one of the most generous annual leave entitlements in the world, something that employers will have to plan around.

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You should be prepared to be without your French employees for up to seven weeks during the year due to statutory entitlements.

If you are new to employing in France you will want to know how the leave entitlement is calculated, taken and carried over if unused.  This guide will give you basic rules so that you will know what your employees expect when it comes to annual leave.

How many annual leave days are French employees entitled to?

French employees are entitled to two and a half days of leave for every month worked, which equals 25 working days of leave per year.  The employee must have worked for at least one month during a specific time period: from June 1 the previous year to May 31 of the current year.  The actual dates of leave are by mutual agreement or decided by the employer.

How many RTT days are French employees entitled to?

In addition to the statutory annual leave, employees are also entitled to... read more

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Tim Burgess

Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd