New minimum wage in France starting 1st of January 2022

In 2022, the French minimum wage (SMIC) will be increased by 0.9%. Therefore, the new amount of the gross hourly minimum wage will be € 10.57 starting 1st of January 2022 (compared to € 10.48 since 1st of October 2021).

Below, you can find the impact of the 0.9% increase in the minimum wage on 1st of January 2022 based on conventional wage scales in the transport sector.

Hourly wage for workers in the road transport of GOODS:

Group Definition of driver’s coefficient Coefficient Hourly rate
3 bisDriver of a vehicle weighing up to 3,5 T GVW118M10.57 €
4Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 3,5 T and up to and including 11 T GVW120M10.57 €
5Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 11 T and up to and including 19 T GVW128M10.57 €
6Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 19 T GVW138M10.57 €
7Highly qualified driver of a heavy goods vehicle150M10.57 €

Under the French collective agreement, drivers of lorries and articulated vehicles with a total mass exceeding 3,5 t, engaged in international transport are considered equivalent to group 7 with a coefficient of 150M. The minimum wage for these drivers should be 10,57 € / gross / hour.

According to the national collective bargaining agreement for road transport, the hourly pay for workers in the road transport sector and auxiliary transport activities must be increased according to the years spent in the company:

+2%, +4%, +6% and +8% after respectively 2, 5, 10 and 15 years of service in the company.

Extra hours rates:

Extra hours paid + 25% *Extra hours paid + 50% *
Long distance drivers – weekly hours36h to 43hMore than 43h
Long distance drivers – monthly hours152h to 186hMore than 186h
Short distance drivers – weekly hours36h to 43hMore than 43h
Short distance drivers – monthly hours152h to 186hMore 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:
    • 10.57 € * 35h
    • 13.21 € * 8h (from 36th to 43rd extra hours)
    • 15.86 € * 2h (for 44th and 45th hours worked)
  • Sunday work:
    • more than (3) hours: 24.20 € prime/day
    • less than (3) hours: 10.40 € prime/day
Less than 50h worked between 9 pm and 6 am / monthHourly rate + 20 %
More than 50h worked between 9 pm and 6 am / monthHourly rate + 25 %

What you should remember, all new or renewal declarations made from 1st of January 2022 will have to mention the new minimum wage at 10.57 € per hour.


About your drivers’ declarations: all declarations issued up to 30th of December 2021 can mention the minimum wage before, with no need to correct them, but make sure that new payrolls will comply with the new French minimum wage, that is 10.57 € per hour.

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