- If you are looking for job opportunities in France, then knowing French is a prerequisite and is considered as an asset to obtain a decent job around the country.
- Be prepared to be flexible while searching for job opportunities. Chances are that you may not able to find your choice of job. But do not lose hope and consider something else which is suitable for you and try searching in the French employment market.
- Try to make and use professional and personal contacts while job hunting and maximize your job opportunities.
Job Market in France
- French employment rates in 2016 stood at 9.7% and is slowly improving.
- Though, unemployment rates are higher, most of the job contracts are flexible and few are permanent.
- The minimum wage has been set at €9.76 as per SMIC
- Nations from EU, EEA and Switzerland hold the same employment rights as that of French citizens apart from that some public positions require and hire only French citizens.
Jobs available in France
- Some of the major industries in France are: aerospace, motor industry, pharmaceutical, industrial machinery, metallurgy, electronics, textiles, food and drink, and tourism.
- The sectors such as engineering, research and development (R&D), IT and banking are the ones exhibiting the most employment growth.
- Apart from the above management skills in the field of sales management are in high demand along with a wide range of opportunities in the sectors such as health and social work, banking and insurance, and IT industries.
- EU nationals have the benefits of trying out job opportunities in the field of regional administration and healthcare.
- You can work at multinational companies like AXA, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, Crédit Agricole, EDF, L’Oréal, Michelin, Orange, PSA Peugeöt Citroen, Renault, Saint-Gobin, Sanofi, Total and Vivendi.
Language requirements to Work in France
- Ability to speak French will get you a job in France easily.
- While those whose French is not up to the mark might have to opt for English teaching jobs along with it must considering taking up French language classes.
- If you are a EU or EEA national then you can work freely in France.
- If you are from any other country, then you need to first find a job and then the prospective employee will apply for authorization for you to work.
Qualifications and references required
- If you are signed up to the Bologna process then it will have its educational qualifications recognized in France.
- Any other qualifications obtained at your home country are recognized in France through the Centre ENIC-NARIC France.
Other Essential Information
- There are various job sites at which you can hunt jobs for yourself. Some of them are: Expatica jobs page. If you are a EU citizen then you can look through EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal, which is maintained by the European Commission.
- Find all kinds jobs including manual, unskilled and casual work on public French job sites.Some other job sites are ABG L’intelli’agence for scientific/medical jobs, ANEFA – agricultural and viticulturally (wine growing) jobs, Craigslist – mostly Paris, Emploi Annonces, Emplois Verts – ‘green’ jobs, IAPA (International Au Pair Organisation) – a list of French agencies for au pair jobs, Indeed France
- Though languages such as English, German and Spanish are all in demand but getting a job in the French education system will usually require French qualifications.
- International students can set up a business in France or become self-employed or a freelance worker.