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How to Move to Paris for a Job

Paris - the city of passion and fashion - is one of the most desirable places on earth to live, and work. If you are interested in fashion or retail, working in Paris would likely be your dream come true!

Paris is the capital city of France, is steeped in history and culture, and is rich in heritage. Home to the world’s most exclusive designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes, to name only a few, Paris has become a hot spot for tourists, fashionistas and expats alike.

Living and working in Paris

Paris is France’s largest city with a population of approximately 2,230,000 and is the country’s leading business center. It’s GDP is one of the largest in the world, and average salaries are considered to be high.

Under French Employment Law, it is a prerequisite for employers to provide fixed term workers and employees of all levels and grades with a written employment contract. It is also a legal requirement that the employment contract be produced in French, even where neither employer nor employee speak French.

Under French Law, employees enjoy the following:

  • 37 days paid leave per year
  • 35 hour week for full time workers
  • Sabbaticals and standard holidays

The French Labour Code provides extensive details of employee rights in France, from overtime payments, holidays and notice periods, to trade union rights, working hours and working conditions. As an EU state, employment conditions cannot fall below EU standards and all EU citizens must be treated fairly in accordance with EU regulations.

With regards to living costs, they are considered relatively high, however if you have a well paid job and you are financially stable, this will not be a problem. Overall, Paris has one of the highest living standards in the world, and its prestige attracts top professionals from all over the world

VISAS

If you are a non-EU citizen, be sure to obtain a formal offer of employment and the correct type of work visa before you relocate to Paris. The visa application process is not so long and stressful as it once was and for skilled foreign nationals.

Foreign nationals seeking work in Paris (depending on their country of origin) will require a Carte de Sejour or Titre de Sejour (residence permit) if they intend to remain in France for a period of longer than 3 months. It is vitally important to obtain the appropriate permit before commencing employment in the country.

Please note: foreign nationals seeking work in Paris, or indeed any other location in France, will only be considered for a job where they possess expert skills, experience or have specialist knowledge in a job that no other French national can fulfill.

Major industries of employment

  • Technology
  • Trade
  • Tourism
  • Fashion and retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Commerce
  • Public sector services including health and social welfare
  • Transport and communication

Top companies operating in Paris

  •  Cartier SA
  • CBG Mignot
  • DiC Entertainment
  • Nina Ricci
  • BNP Paribas
  • Peugeot
  • AXZA
  • Christian Dior

Paris – culture and beauty

For those who are interested in working in a city that offers both culture and beauty, then Paris is definitely for you!

The country is popular tourist destination and is one of the most visited countries in the world. It is famous for the Alps, historical landmarks, arts, architecture, the Eiffel Tower, fashion and high-class boulevards, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and its numerous beautiful beaches, amongst many other things. 

Although the French language is used predominately, most nationals will communicate in English for those who are not familiar with the language. Greeting a French person with the word ‘bonjour’ before asking for help is respectful and considered rude if not used.

Major landmarks to visit

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe
  • Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris
  • Champes-Elysees
  • Louvre
  • Tuileries Gardens
  • Disney Land

Paris is a beautiful city with many reasons to relocate here. However, if you are seeking employment the language barrier can be a serious problem and you really have to speak at least basic French before moving to Paris, so that you can improve it.

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