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1 Living and Working in France

2 22 Facts about France Economy and job market Working conditions Looking for a job Living in France Before leaving your country

3 Living and working in France Facts about France

4 France Population: 64 million 27 regions including the overseas departments France shares its borders with 6 countries : Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Italy). Capital: Paris Eu member: since the beginning (1957) Currency:EURO

5 Economy and job market

6 66 The French labour market is mostly composed of over 2 million small and medium sized companies (PME-PMI) Most of our trade is done within EUROPE (66%) Germany is our first commercial partner With most of 80 million of tourists France is the most visited country in the world people work in the tourism field (4% of total employment)

7 7 Economy and job market Key sectors of French economy IT Tourism Bank, Insurance Retail Aeronautics Agri-Food Industry Chemistry Car Industry Mechanical construction Clothing Industry Telecommunication Agriculture 4 % Industry 20 % Services 76 %

8 Economy and job market Key figures in 2013: The unemployment rate is 10.5% but 24.5% for young people 1.6 million recruiting projects 64% of labour needs are within the services sector 36% of hiring forecast are the object of seasonal needs 40% of recruiting projects considered difficult

9 9 Labour market, recruiting sectors Construction Civil engineers, engineers, designers, manual workers (bricklayers, carpenters), some positions are not filled. Healthcare - Public sector : doctors, nurses. Carers. Tourism Hotel and catering: cooks, waiting staff (waiters, chamber Maids, receptionnists) (mostly seasonal needs, needs)

10 10 Labour market, recruiting sectors Hypermarkets Sales persons, managers, directors and administrative staff. IT Analysts, developers, project leaders. - Few opportunities if no IT qualifications. Agriculture Vineyard workers, fruit and vegetable pickers (seasonal needs)

11 11 Working Conditions

12 Working Conditions: types of contracts  CDI / Unfixed-term contract Permanent contract with a probation period (1-3 months).  CDD / Fixed-term contract Fixed-term contract (frequently used as a probation period). Normally it is renewable only once – maximum 18 months.  Part-time contracts (less common)  Temporary jobs (temping) – interim…  Freelance contract : not on a salary basis

13 Working Conditions The taxes (impôts) you will have to pay: Income tax (impôt sur le revenu): Based on your netto salary amount, around 23% of it. It is not deducted from your salary (do not forget that point when you negociate your salary). You have to fill in a tax return every year (déclaration de revenus). Visit

14 Working in France Looking for a job

15 15 Working conditions Minimum Wage (SMIC) 2012: € gross/hour € gross/month Legal working week: 35 H/week ( H/month) Average Wage in France : 2068 EUROS Your employer must give you a written employment contract (contrat de travail) and every month you will receive your pay slip (gross and netto salary appears) (feuille/fiche/bulletin de paye)

16 Finding job adverts BY APPROACHING THE FOLLOWING BODIES : –PÔLE EMPLOI (The French national employment agency) go to the website: –EURES (European Employment Services) The Eures consultants, attached to Pôle emploi in a network dedicated to the international market, will direct you in your search on your arrival in France. Go to the website: –TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES (Adecco, Manpower, Hays…) –RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

17 Finding job adverts BY CONSULTING: –COMPANY WEBSITES Companies often have a “Recruitment” area. A search engine or a professional directory will enable you to find their internet address. You could also start your search from the following website: –THE PRINT MEDIA The specialist press enables companies to recruit staff by publishing their vacancies. You will find all the titles and their link on:

18 Finding job adverts BY SEARCHING THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET → These are unpublished vacancies: employers will first search among speculative applications that they have received before advertising a job on the open market. (it represents 60% of needs)

19 19 Finding job adverts National Public employment Service It deals with placement, careers advice and allowance

20 20 Finding job adverts

21 Finding job adverts Services you can find through website: -Look for job adverts (offres d’emploi) and apply online (vacancies located in France and out of France) -Set up an account and subscribe job adverts, that you will receive automaticaly on your mobile phone or address

22 Pole Emploi Your registration in Pôle Emploi is possible if: - Your are able to work - You are available to work - You are actively looking for work - You live in France For being registrered call 3949 (from France) or (from your country) Or you can do it through pole-emploi.fr

23 23 Eures Services EURES ( EURopean Employment Services) réseau des Services Publics de l‘emploi des membres de l‘Espace Economique Européen

24 Working in France Applying for a job

25 Working in France: employers’ expectations  Your level in French is VERY important to get a job.  Close link between the Education/Diploma and the job. Employers have little knowledge of foreign educational s (Have a look on the website to find out if your diploma has an equivalence)www.ciep.fr/enic-naricfr/  Graduated have a work experience called « stage » (= internship) which is frequently required by employers)

26 Working in France: some tips If the name of the employer is given in the job offer or if you send a speculative application: → Search for information on the employer in order to adapt your CV and your letter of application and to prepare for your interview. → Information to search for: sector of activity, total staff numbers, turnover, the name of a specific contact (speculative application), market share, etc. Where can you search for this information? –On the internet by consulting the employers’ website and by using search engines. –In the job applications directory: –At the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in your country:

27 27 Working in France CV One page, max 2 (it depends on your Experience) 5 rubrics: Personal details Personal profile Work experience Education Additional information NO references

28 28 Working in France Cover Letter In french 1 page Why you write, what you can bring to the company (skills,...) without repeating what is on the CV What you know about the company or at least in its sector Propose to meet with the recruiter (interview) Handwritten letter not mandatory (But that may be required) Recipient identified

29 Working in France Your recruitment interview A recruitment interview is often very formal. Pay great attention to your look. It should be classic and match the type of job you apply for. The recruitment process can comprise several interviews.

30 30 Living in France

31 Living in France: the cost of living = 1.10 euro = 1euro = 1.40 euros = 10 euros = 3.5 euros (at a café)= 1.50/liter

32 Living in France The cost of living will depend very much on the region in which you live. Rooms/areaParisParis suburbsLille 35 m m m

33 Living in France The National Health Insurance is called CPAM (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie) You must register to it if you work in France. It covers sickness, maternity, accident, invalidity, death, family benefit and retirement. Having a private mutual insurance may be helpful: some employers pay a part of it (deducted from your salary)

34 Living and working in France Before leaving

35 35 Before leaving Check all that before leaving: ID, Driving license, Diplomas Form U2 : possibility to transfer your rights to France for a limited period of 3 or 6 months. An european Welfare Protection A French CV Refresh Your french Do you have an adress in France?

36 36 2 Eures Network Paris (tête de réseau) Lyon Chambéry Strasbourg Lille Toulouse Marseille Nice Nantes Caen Limoges Metz MontpellierPerpignan Bordeaux Rouen Orléans Dijon Rennes Clermont- Ferrand 92 eures advisors Bayonne Meythet Guadeloupe Martinique Réunion Ajacci o Grenoble Valence Saint - Etienne Saint-Genis Pouilly Pontarlier Hayange, St Avold, Longvy, Forbach, Verdun

37 Eures Network

38 Living and working in France Merci de votre attention


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