What’s happening with employee expenses in France?

The Expensya Barometer shows that the amount spent by employees rose by 8.57% in 2023 compared with 2022, while the number of expenses also increased by 5% due in part to inflation.

Transport remains the biggest expense item for employees in France.

Employees are traveling again! The value of transport costs increased 8.85% in 2023, compared with 2022. Car remains the preferred mode of transport for French employees as it is a practical mode of transportation for long and frequent journeys, followed by the train which is economical and environmentally friendly for longer journeys, and the plane.

For business urban trips, taxis platforms account for 36.42% of all car-related expenses, while Uber accounts for 19.42%, the rest is covered by fuel, parking, car rentals.

Business meals account for a significant proportion of spending by French employees.

Business meals accounted for 19.7% of the spend with a 6.02% increase in the number of meal-related expense claims. This is not surprising given the increase in business travel and business meals as a way of maintaining social links between colleagues or for driving business engagement.

Businesses focus on skills development to stay competitive.

Spending on training rose sharply in 2023 with an increase of 51.25%, although training accounted for just 0.44% of total expenditure.

Business travelers prefer hotels.

Hotels remain the preferred type of accommodation (95%) for business travelers, compared with 5% for rented accommodation. Ibis hotels are the most popular (13.12%), followed by Mercure (4.21%) and Novotel (3.44%).

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