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France: New wage data

Annual French wage negotiations suggest that pay increases will ease this year but still exceed expected inflation rates, according to the Bank of France. Sector-level deals indicate that wage gains would average 3.3%, down from 5% in early 2023, while company-level deals are expected to be at 3.4%, slightly lower than the previous year.

Why it matters: The wage gains surpassing inflation have implications for both employers and employees. Employers will need to accommodate these increases in their budgets, while employees can expect slightly higher purchasing power. This information is important for all staff members to understand the projected changes in their salaries.

The big picture: The wage negotiations and projected gains reflect the economic conditions and inflation expectations in France. This provides a broader context for understanding the impact of wage increases on the overall economy and the cost of living for individuals.

The bottom line: Wage gains will ease but still surpass inflation in French pay negotiations. Employees can expect moderate increases in their salaries, though not as high as in previous years.

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Authors: Tom Hayes

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