FAQs for Work France
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the best time to find a job?

The best times for job hunting are before the summer and winter seasons – March, April, May or October, November. Participants should avoid arriving to the coast in the middle of the summer season or to the Alps in the middle of the winter season, when all the positions have already been filled. Participants should also avoid arriving in Paris in July-August when the city is almost deserted by the Parisians and job opportunities are rare.

Q: What are the job opportunities in France?

Generally speaking, participants on the Work France Deluxe program are usually offered entry-level jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry, retail stores, restaurants, pubs, call centres or telemarketing. Other options are work in basic administration positions or clerical work, promotional work, temporary work for special events or fairs, factory work or teaching their mother-tongue as a foreign language. A participant with visions of securing a highly paid professional job will be disappointed.

Q: Where are the locations of job opportunities on the Work France Deluxe program?

All efforts will be made to help participants find a job in their desired region or city, however as final employment decision rest with the employers, we can’t guarantee a specific region or city. Participants are required to be flexible in terms of job location.

Q: How much does it cost to live in Paris?

Salaries are paid at the end of the month, so it may be a while before your first pay. Normally around 150-200 Euros per week is an average for food, local transport and entertainment, but can be much less. Rent varies on average between 400-700 Euros per month and landlords often ask for a 2 month deposit (the landlord will give the money of the deposit back at the end of the stay except in case of damage or leaving before the end of the lease period). Participants must have at least 1500 Euros with them upon arrival.

Q: How much will I be paid?

Pay is normally minimum wage, but can increase with more experience and skills you have. The minimum wage in France is 9.53 Euros per hour gross. Around 20% social charges are deducted from this. All salaries are paid at the end of the month. For a full time job, you will normally receive a minimum of 1,100 Euros per month.

Q: How many hours a week will I work?

The legal working hours in France is 35 hours a week. Depending on positions, you may work between 30 and 40 hours a week. Timetables are flexible depending on positions and usually each employee has 2 days off a week (in case of working overtime, the number of days off may be reduced and a financial compensation will be given).

Q: I have a European or UK passport. Can you still help me find a job?

Yes. If you have a European or UK passport you can skip the visa process as you have full work rights in France.

Q: What type of people will be successful on the Work France programs?

Qualities we look for in all our participants are maturity, flexibility, open-mindedness, initiative, determination, ability to adapt to new situations and willingness to learn and experience new situations. Employers normally require strong intermediate to conversational French speaking skills, so that you are able to communicate effectively in French. If your French skills are not satisfactory, it is likely that you will be required to attend intensive French classes on arrival into France. We can help you organise these classes.

Q: When is the orientation on the Work France Deluxe program?

All participants on the Work France Deluxe program are required to attend an orientation session at our partner offices upon arrival into Paris. Orientation sessions are held all year round, once a week, on Wednesdays at 2pm. Though participants can arrive in Paris any day of the week, they should consider arriving the day or two prior to orientation. Orientations run for about 2 hours and give participants comprehensive information on job hunting, finding accommodation, opening a bank account, working in France, legal and administrative issues and paperwork, taxes, mobile phones, travelling in France and Europe and much more.

Outside of the orientation, the offices are open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 6pm and closed on public holidays.

Q: Can’t I just organise my own trip?

It would be good if it was that simple. It is very hard to organise a job and accommodation if you don’t know where you are going and what the work conditions are like. France has high unemployment making competition for jobs quite high. You may get lucky, but it may go terribly wrong. Plus you will need adequate travel insurance and there are certain conditions and requirements to obtain the French Working Holiday Visa. At Ski Jobs France, we have been there and done it before and learnt from our mistakes: we want to share our knowledge. We have created a hassle free programs to make what seems impossible, a reality. We will help you every step of the way!

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