FRANCE: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

July 15, 2016

France has recently announced that the minimum salary requirement for EU Blue Card holders has increased to €53,836 gross per year from €53,331.  

The increase was brought in on the 20th June 2016, when the French Ministry of the Interior published the latest average yearly gross reference salary. The minimum salary for EU blue cards is calculated at 1.5 times more than the reference salary.

The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit, implemented in most EU countries, designed to attract highly-skilled non-EU nationals. To qualify, applicants need advanced qualifications or substantial experience, among other requirements. Benefits include the flexibility to change employers or move to another EU country, and work permission for a spouse.

The European Commission recently presented a proposal for a revamped EU Blue Card scheme, aimed at attracting more highly-skilled workers to the EU. The proposal includes a lower salary threshold of 1.4 times the average national salary.

It is important that employers review the salaries of all current and future EU Blue Card holders in France and ensure that, when hiring foreign nationals on EU Blue cards, they now meet the salary thresholds mentioned above. 

If you require any additional information regarding the minimum salary increase for EU Blue Card holders, please contact a member of our team at [email protected].