An international secondment is when an employee is sent abroad temporarily on assignment, while remaining attached to the employing company.  

Definition of international secondment

International secondment allows a French person, or a person authorized to work in France, to work and travel abroad as part of the assignment entrusted to them by the client.

The initial employment contract signed between the Employer of Record (EOR) and the employee remains valid, which means that the supervisory relationship and the obligation to pay remuneration are maintained. The EOR is responsible for all the necessary steps to register the employee with the social security system.

Good to know: internationally seconded consultants can carry out their assignments for a fixed period (from a few days to 36 months).

The secondment system cannot be applied to cross-border workers whose time is equally divided between France and their country of origin.