While residents outside the European Economic Community (EEC) may find it difficult to find employment in France, those within the EEC are required to have a Letter of Employment (or a Carte de Sejours in French) from a company in France plus a valid working visa issued by the French Embassy or Consulate.
There are several types of employment in France that all require a contract between the employee and employer:
- Contrat a Dure Indertermine (CDI): This type of contract is a commitment between employee and employer to agree to work together for an unlimited amount of time.
- Contrat a Dure Determine (CDD): This form of contract agreement is a formal agreement for a employee to work for a preset amount of time, for example, seasonal jobs. This contract can be renewed twice after which times it becomes a CDI.
- Contract Nouvelle Embauche (CNE): This type of contract stipulates a two-year trial period so the French employer can fully know and test their employee’s skills and their contribution to the company.
Finding Employment in France
Job seekers in France may also find employment through local newspapers and websites as well as through “Pole Emploi,” which is the name for French Employment Offices.
Wages for Employment in France
The minimum employment wage, “Salarie Minimum de Croissance” (SMIC), is set at around 8.86 Euros per hour of labor. The SMIC in France is updated every year in the month of January to adjust for inflation.
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