Who Pays For Unemployment?

5% of the gross salary is paid to Unemployment Insurance

For each of its employees, the employer pays contributions to the Unemployment Insurance , calculated according to the gross salary, within the limit of a ceiling.

This contribution amounts to 4.05% of the gross salary. In addition, the State pays Unemployment Insurance the equivalent of 2.4% of gross salary, replacing the wage contribution, which has been totally exempted since 1 October 2018.

Only the show's intermittent have a specific contribution rate

In some cases, the employer's contribution may be increased or decreased.


In a situation of economic crisis and high unemployment, unemployment insurance may not receive enough contributions to finance benefits and to cover other expenses (supplementary pension points for the unemployed, funding of the Pôle emploi budget). To make up the difference, Unédic borrows on the financial markets.

To contribute is to be protected according to one's salary

Unemployment insurance works like any insurance: for an employee, the higher the contributions paid, the higher the allowance will be in case of unemployment .

The amount of contributions and allowances is nevertheless capped: the share of the wage that is subject to contribution is limited to 4 times the ceiling of the social security.

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