Working in Paris

 

 

Expats who have lived and worked in the city see Paris as a cultural heaven, a city for expats to enjoy an excitingly profound lifestyle while benefiting from its growing economy at the same time.

Paris accounts for about 28.9% of metropolitan France's economy and is its biggest city economy. It is considered to be the sixth largest economy in the world. With a GDP of about 552.7 billion Euros, it's worth is almost as much as the Dutch economy.

Employment Overview  

Paris is France's biggest city economy and is considered the sixth largest economy in the world. With a GDP of about 552.7 billion Euros, it's worth is almost as much as the Dutch economy.  

Paris accounts for about 28.9% of metropolitan France's economy and is considered the country's core of economic activity. 

Despite the city's reputation as an arts and fashion centre, the city has diverse sources of income. It does not have a leading industry, but the services and manufacturing industries generate the most employment opportunities. 

As of the last full census, the city has about 5,089,170 employed individuals working in the Paris urban area. 

The three major industries are the following: a significant 16.5% of the employed number worked in business services, 13.0% in commerce (retail and wholesale trade), and 12.3% in manufacturing.   

To find a job in Paris, postings can be found through local newspapers, Internet job sites, and through employment agencies. You can check these two websites for postings: Pole Emploi and APEC

However, the best way to land your preferred job would be through effective networking. Your personal connections would not only help you to adapt to the new culture but can also potentially earn you a job. 

Jobs for expats are as varied as the Parisian economy is. However, the most common would be teaching jobs. There are also seasonal agricultural jobs as well as tourist jobs. 

The average annual gross salary in Paris is about 38,119 Euro and the working hours average about 41.2 hours per week.  

You may seek advertisements on either the internet or daily newspapers for flats or apartments for rent or sale. 

If you prefer getting some exercise out of your search, then you can check yourself in a hotel for the first few days and go on a walking ‘tour'. Check out the posts on the American Church of Paris billboard which includes housing opportunities. The American Church of Paris is situated in Quai and is known to many expats as a common place for English-speaking expatriates. 

Jobs Overview

Despite the city's reputation as an arts and fashion centre, the city has diverse sources of income. It does not have a leading industry, but the services and manufacturing industries generate the most employment opportunities.

The three major industries are the following: a significant 16.5% of the employed number worked in business services, 13.0% in commerce (retail and wholesale trade), and 12.3% in manufacturing.

Jobs for expats are as varied as the Parisian economy is. However, the most common would be teaching jobs. There are also seasonal agricultural jobs as well as tourist jobs.

Tips for Job-seekers

As of the last full census, the city has about 5,089,170 employed individuals working in the Paris urban area. The average annual gross salary in Paris is about 38,119 Euro and the working hours average about 41.2 hours per week.

To find a job in Paris, postings can be found through local newspapers, Internet job sites, and through employment agencies. You can check these two websites for postings: Pole Emploi and APEC. However, the best way to land your preferred job would be through effective networking. Your personal connections would not only help you to adapt to the new culture but can also potentially earn you a job.

If you prefer getting some exercise out of your search, then you can check yourself in a hotel for the first few days and go on a walking ‘tour'. Check out the posts on the American Church of Paris billboard, which includes housing opportunities. The American Church of Paris is situated in Quai and is known to many expats as a commonplace for English-speaking expatriates.

Work Culture 

Working in Paris might as well be your dream come true. But it can be a nightmare if you don't adapt to the Parisian work culture. 

For one, the French people, despite their expressed freedom in the arts, are strict in adhering to company policies. Following your company's rules and regulations may not always be easy, but it would always be necessary.

Despite their otherwise liberal culture, French people keep their private lives separate from business.  

Most importantly, as an expat and an employee, it is of utmost importance that you at least try to learn their language. Before actually moving to Paris, you may want to start studying French or at least learn a few key phrases. This would not only help you get around Paris easier, it would also score more points for you when you apply for a job. 

The Eiffel Tower may be the first thing to come to mind when you think of Paris. But as an expat, you'll learn there's much more to Paris than just being the City of Lights.  

 

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