Jacques COULARDEAU — PAYROLL TECHNICIAN IN FRANCE AND MULTILINGUALISM
I was one of those who set up in France in 2003 the special training plan for payroll technicians under the authority of the Order of Certified Accountants (Nice, France). This plan was set up in two places, Paris and Pau. I was the English professor for the Paris training program for 13 years.First, the students were from all over the world. They all spoke French as a communicational language though it was not necessarily their first language. They also covered five religions/cultures and a dozen national languages.Second, their future jobs in international companies will require they could help all in-coming or out-going workers to cope with payroll problems in France or in foreign countries in Europe or the world. So, they had to know what a paycheck is in other countries. I retained the UK and the USA, mostly.Third, they had to have some knowledge about Social Security and Health Services in foreign countries. I privileged, here too, the UK and the USA.Fourth, they had to be able to cope with diversity and the regulations or laws attached to such problems in the UK, the USA and from the point of view of ILO, Geneva. That concerns all rights workers may have and how they come into the paycheck.Fifth, these third-year college students had to have at least one international language besides French (English was compulsory on the syllabus of the training program), but also an open vision of the problems French workers could encounter in foreign countries and foreign workers may encounter in France.I devised a studying plan based on guided self-learning that covered payroll, employment, diversity and other social problems for workers in the UK and the USA. This approach is meant to develop social sustainability among future paycheck technicians.
Due to the extreme complexity of the pay slip in France particularly because of the very numerous contributions and the obligations to spell them out all, both those attached to the salary of the worker as deducted from the gross salary but also all those attached to it on the side of the employer, as compared to the simple British system with one global National Insurance Contribution with one rate for the worker and one rate for the employer, the Order of Certified Accountants obtained the means to start a training program for technicians who would be responsible, under the authority of the accountant of the company, for the managing and calculations of the pay slips of all employees. That was at the beginning of this century, before Artificial Intelligence. One training center was set up in Pau within the University of Pau as a third-extra-year Vocational BA, and a second was set up in Paris, at first as a one-year continued education plan at Université Dauphine for a degree that was equivalent to a Vocational BA, and later on from 2008 onward as an autonomous training plan directly managed from Nice and that migrated in various private educational infrastructures. Note this change enabled the students to have connected computers on their own desks all the time, which was not possible when the training took place at Université Paris Dauphine.
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