New minimum wage in France from 25th March 2021

French collective agreement has updated minimum wages for the transport sector, which are applicable to drivers working in France starting from 25/03/2021.

Salary rates for foreign transport companies posting their drivers in France are then modified like follows:

Hourly wage for workers in the road transport of GOODS:

Please note: 

according to the French national agreement, drivers of trucks and articulated vehicles for more than 3.5 t GVW, performing international transport operations, are considered to be equivalent to group 7, coefficient 150M. Minimum wage applicable to these drivers should then be 10,49 €/gross/hour. 

Refer to the table here below for other categories of drivers:

Coefficient Hourly rate After 2 years in the company After 5 years in the company After 10 years in the company After 15 years in the company
110 M – 115 M – 118 M – 120 M 10,25 10,4040 10,6080 10,8120 11,0160
128 M 10,25 10,4346 10,6392 10,8438 11,0484
138 M 10,25 10,4550 10,6600 10,8650 11,0700
150 M 10,49 10,6998 10,9096 11,1194 11,3292
Coefficient  Definition of driver’s coefficient 
110 M – 115 M – 118 M – 120 M Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing up to or more than 3,5 T and up to and including 11 T GVW 
128 M Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 11 T and up to and including 19 T GVW
138 M Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 19 T GVW
150 M Highly qualified driver of a heavy goods vehicle (INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT)

Extra hours rates:


Extra hours paid + 25% * Extra hours paid + 50% *
Long distance drivers – weekly hours 36h to 43h More than 43h 
Long distance drivers – monthly hours 152h to 186h More than 186h 
Short distance drivers – weekly hours 36h to 43h  More than 43h 
Short distance drivers – monthly hours 152h to 186h  More than 186h 

* Extra hours increase when working hours exceed the statutory maximum number of working hours per week (35h for long distance drivers; 39h for short distance drivers).

  • Example: long distance driver’s wage when working 45h hours weekly:
    • 10.49 € * 35h
    • 13.11 € * 8h (from 36th to 43rd extra hours)
    • 15.73 € * 2h (for 44th and 45th hours worked)

Sunday work 

  • more than (3) hours: 24.43 € prime/day
  • less than (3) hours: 10.50 € prime/day

Night Work:

It is considered to be night work every hour worked between 9 pm and 6 am (according to Art 1 of the Agreement of November 14, 2001 on night work related to the National Collective Agreement for road transport).

Less than 50h worked between 10 pm and 6 am / month  Hourly rate + 20 %
More than 50h worked between 10 pm and 6 am / month Hourly rate + 25 %

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