Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

French Polynesia

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

French Polynesia

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

French Polynesia

with Rivermate

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

French Polynesia

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

French Polynesia

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 Polynesia is a French overseas collectivity and the country's only overseas territory. It spans over 2,000 kilometers in the South Pacific Ocean and consists of 118 geographically scattered islands and atolls. French Polynesia has a total land area of 4,167 square kilometers. The Society Islands archipelago, which includes the Windward and Leeward Islands; the Tuamotu Archipelago; the Gambier Islands; the Marquesas Islands; and the Austral Islands are the five groups of islands that make up French Polynesia. Only 67 of the 118 islands and atolls are inhabited. Tahiti, part of the Society Islands group, is the most populated island, accounting for nearly 69% of French Polynesia's population in 2017. The capital of French Polynesia is Papeete, which is situated on the island of Tahiti. Clipperton Island was ruled by French Polynesia until 2007, despite the fact that it was not a part of its territory. European explorers started traveling through the area hundreds of years after the Great Polynesian Migration, visiting the islands of French Polynesia on many occasions. Traders and whaling ships stopped by as well. In 1842, the French took control of the islands and created the Établissements français d'Océanie, a French protectorate. Under the French Fourth Republic's constitution, the EFO was designated as an overseas territory in 1946, and Polynesians were given the right to vote by citizenship. The EFO was renamed French Polynesia in 1957. French Polynesia joined the Pacific Community, a regional development body, in 1983. Under the constitutional revision of article 74, French Polynesia has been an overseas collectivity of the French Republic since March 28, 2003, and later acquired administrative autonomy with law 2004-192 of February 27, 2004, with two symbolic manifestations being the title of President of French Polynesia and its additional classification as an overseas country.

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


Salary levels in French Polynesia range from 36,800 XPF per month (minimum) to 650,000 XPF per month (maximum) (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 Polynesia

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

French Polynesia

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

French Polynesia

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 Polynesia

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 Polynesia

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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