Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

French Guiana

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

French Guiana

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

French Guiana

with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in

French Guiana

, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in

French Guiana

effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

French Guiana is a French overseas department/region and a single territorial collectivity located in the Guianas on the northern Atlantic coast of South America. It is bordered on the east and south by Brazil, and on the west by Suriname. French Guiana is France's second-largest territory and the European Union's largest outermost region, with a land area of 83,534 km2. With just 3.5 people per square kilometer, it has a very low population density. In 2021, the metropolitan area of Cayenne, the country's capital, was home to half of the country's 294,071 residents. Forests occupy 98.9% of French Guiana's land area, with primeval rainforest accounting for the majority. The Guiana Amazonian Park, the European Union's largest national park, occupies 41% of French Guiana's land area. Both the region and the department have been governed by a single assembly since December 2015, as part of a new territorial collectivity known as the French Guiana Territorial Collectivity. The French Guiana Assembly has taken the place of the former provincial council and departmental council, both of which were dissolved. The provincial and departmental governments are overseen by the French Guiana Assembly. Rodolphe Alexandre is the founder of the organization. In the twenty-first century, French Guiana is fully incorporated into the French Republic and a member of the European Union, with the euro as its official currency. The location of the Guiana Space Centre, now the European Space Agency's primary launch site near the equator, contributes significantly to the economy of French Guiana. The official language, as in the rest of France, is standard French, but each ethnic group has its own language, the most commonly spoken of which is French Guianese Creole, a French-based creole language.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


Salaries in French Guiana range from 790 EUR per month (minimum wage) to 14,000 EUR per month (maximum salary) (maximum average salary).

09. Employee benefits


Healthcare is the most important benefit to people. The government's support for healthcare via the social security system is insufficient, particularly for optical and dental care. This is why employees value the additional coverage provided by their employer. When asked to rank three other common benefits in order of importance, the average employee will most likely say Disability, Death, and Retirement.

Employee benefits that are mandatory include old-age pension, elderly solidarity allowance, long-term disability pension, short-term disability pension, spouse's pension, death grant, and workers compensation. Supplemental employee benefits include retirement and death benefits, short-term and long-term disability insurance, medical insurance, workers' compensation, retirement, and career termination indemnities. Parental leave and profit sharing are among the benefits available.

10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in

French Guiana

to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in

French Guiana

has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into

French Guiana

simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in

French Guiana

give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in

French Guiana

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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