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Hiring in French polynesia

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France in the South Pacific Ocean. It consists of several Islands and Atolls. Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia. French Polynesia is a moderately developed economy, whereby it is dependent on imported goods, tourism and assistance from France. Its main trading partners are China, the United States, France, Singapore and China. Global PEO or Employer of Record (EOR) play a pivotal role in providing companies with services related to hiring employees, and ensuring compliance with French Polynesia’s legal and tax regulations. Employment regulations including probation, holidays and termination are covered by the Labor Code. The Labor Code stipulates that probation period is of 3 months. French Polynesian has no income taxes on individuals, no wealth taxes, and no inheritance taxes. Global PEO’s or Employer of Record (EOR) facilitate companies by ensuring compliance with French Polynesia’s Labor Code and tax laws.

statutory labor requirements

Probation Period

  • Probation period is of 3 months

Annual Leave

  • Employees are entitled to annual paid leave up to 2 ½ working days per month of work according to the legislation in force.

Public Holidays

  1. Missionary Day (5th March)
  2. Good Friday (10th April)
  3. Whitsun (31st May)
  4. Internal Autonomy Day (29th June)
  5. Assumption of Mary (15th August)
  6. All Saints' Day (1st November)
  7. Armistice Day (11th November)
  8. Christmas Day (25th December)

Work Hours

  • The statutory working hours per week are 39 hours
  • The maximum working time is 48 hours per week and 10 hours per day

Notice Period

  • This can be agreed in an open end contract between the employer and employee

13th / 14th Month Pay

  • No 
  • There is no statutory requirement to pay the 13th or 14th month salary.
  • There is no evidence that it is customary.

income tax

  • French Polynesian has no income taxes on individuals, no wealth taxes, and no inheritance taxes. 
  • New businesses are tax-exempt for their first 12 months of operation.

immigration

  • Any foreign visitor coming to The Islands of Tahiti is required to have a visa according to the following conditions. 
  • In all cases, visitors must hold a valid passport. 
  • Prior to their arrival in French Polynesia, applicants should contact their nearest embassy or consulate of their place of residence regarding necessary travel documents for international travel.
  • Short term visas include tourist visa and business visa
  • Any foreigner who wishes to stay more than three months in French Polynesia must apply for a long-term French Polynesia visa with the exception of citizens of the exempt countries.
  • French citizens aren’t required to comply with any formalities, but for everyone else – even other EU citizens (with the exception of those with very specialized skills) – it’s difficult to work in French Polynesia.
  • Authorization to take up paid employment is subject to the granting of a temporary-residence permit, issued by the French state, and a work permit, issued by the territory.

Type of Visa/Permit

Documentation

Validity

Eligibility

Tourist Visa

  • Valid passport
  • Passport size photos
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of sufficient funds

90 days

  • Foreigners must obtain a tourist visa for short stays of recreational purposes

Business Visa

  • Valid passport
  • Passport size photos
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of sufficient funds

90 days

  • Foreigners seeking to visit French Polynesia for business purposes such as meetings must obtain a business visa

Temporary Residence Permit

  • Valid passport
  • Passport size photos
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • A 9,000 FCP revenue stamp

6 months to

12 months                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

  • Foreigners seeking to stay in French Polynesia for longer than 3 months must obtain a temporary residence permit

employee accruals

   
Christmas Bonus%

0%

Christmas Bonus Over Vacations %

0%

Severance per Year %

Employees are entitled to severance pay that equals 20% of monthly salary after one year of service (1.66% of annual salary)

Vacations % Employees are entitled to 25 days of annual leave (6.86% of annual salary)
Notice %

Employees are entitled to 30 days of notice period for one year of service or more (8.24%)

Christmas Bonus Over Notifications% 0%
Vacations Plus% 0%
Total percentage of Salary (yearly) The total employment accruals as a percentage of salary per anum are equal to 16.88%

employer accruals

Additional information (Country Accruals)

 

   
Uses French guidelines  

 

Employer Accruals Additional information

    Employment Accruals
Annual Leave Employees are entitled to annual paid leave up to 2 ½ working days per month of work according to the legislation in force. This equals 8.22% (30/365 days) of annual income
Social Security French Polynesia maintains a high-quality health system and social security scheme.
Regardless of the level of income and geographical location, everybody benefits from coverage funded by the “Caisse de Prévoyance Sociale” (CPS) serving three plans: employees, self-employed persons and the solidarity scheme of French Polynesia.
The financing of the benefits provided by the CPS is provided mainly by contributions from employers and employees.
Deducted from gross wages, social contributions and contributions are payable by both the employer and the employee.
But the contributions due by the employee being withheld during each pay by the employer, it is the latter who must declare and pay all the contributions and employer and employee contributions to the collection service of the CPS.
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