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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-18/711 – measures in France

Bonus for hospital staff

Prime pour le personnel hospitalier

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 May 2020 – 31 May 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 16 April 2020 (updated 10 May 2020)

Background information

The COVID-19 outbreak exercised a great pressure on the National Health System and on the people serving therein. On 15 April 2020, the Prime minister has, hence, announced that the government is going to pay an exceptional bonus to healthcare workers.The measure will concern most of the health personnel, with a specific attention to those that have been employed in the departments most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Content of measure

According to this measure, an exceptional bonus of €1,500 will be paid in May to healthcare workers in the departments most affected by the epidemic and to those in the departments that received COVID-19 patients in the departments least affected. Other health personnel will receive a €500 bonus, he added, specifying that these bonuses will be free of charges and taxes. All of the hospital staff will also receive a 50% increase in overtime, i.e. an average of more than €600 per employee, also without taxes or charges, according to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. Each member of staff will therefore receive an average of €1,000 to €2,000, he said, with a total cost to the State of €1.3 billion. In addition to this, there will be a future bonus for staff in the medico-social sector, in particular those in home for the elderly and dependent persons (EHPAD), which have had to reorganise. To launch this bonus, the government has to discuss with local authorities, particularly with the departments that often finance them, to determine the conditions for financing this bonus

Use of measure

There are about 140,000 medical staff working in Public hospital by 2017.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Local funds
National funds
Regional funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Trade unions highlights that a bonus is not enough. 'A bonus? No way! Announce wage increases if you want to save the public hospital', tweeted the Collectif Inter-Hôpitaux, the spearhead of a strike movement in the sector in recent months. 'These bonuses will never replace the necessary wage increases that have long been demanded by employees,' reacted the CGT Civil Service.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
      Q87 Residential care activities
      Q88 Social work activities without accommodation
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health associate professionals
      Health professionals


  • 15 April 2020: Déclaration de M. Édouard PHILIPPE, Premier ministre à l’issue du Conseil des ministres (


Eurofound (2020), Bonus for hospital staff, measure FR-2020-18/711 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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