The major industries in France are aerospace, motor industry, pharmaceutical, industrial machinery, food and drink, and tourism. In recent years, the areas with most jobs were in science and engineering, research and development, tourism (including hotels, restaurants, catering), care giving (home, medical, psychiatric, childcare), retail and agriculture. English-language teaching is also an option.If you’re a graduate, you’re most likely to find work with a multinational or large national employer that has many companies, for example AXA, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, Crédit Agricole, EDF, Michelin, L’Oréal, Orange, PSA Peugeöt Citroen, Renault, Saint-Gobin, Sanofi, Total and Vivendi. You can also try looking for work with a company in your home country that has offices in France.
Work experience is considered vital so if you’re a graduate consider an internship or stage. Be flexible and be prepared to take on a job that you might not consider back home to get you started working in France, give you a chance to brush up your French, and allow to make as many contacts as possible. By gaining more local experience and networks, your job opportunities in France will improve with time.France has a strong tourism industry – it’s actually the most visited country in the world, with over 75 million tourists heading there each year. If you are interested in working in the tourism industry, jobs are available all year round.Each winter, thousands of jobs become available in hotels, restaurants and bars. There’s also a great demand for qualified sports instructors in both the summer and winter seasons.
The French agriculture and industrial sectors are always looking for new recruits to fill a wide range of jobs, many of which are seasonal. The French government is alert to ecological concerns and, as a result, many eco jobs are being created. Jobs involving the environment, or ‘green jobs’ as they are often known, look set to be the future of this sector. Healthcare professionals are in high demand due to an increasing need for medical treatment. One factor causing this increased demand is a rise in life expectancy. France is also influential in the production of aircraft, cars and pharmaceuticals
Students are legally allowed to work up to 19.5 hours per week during the semester and full-time during the holiday period. You can work up to 964 hours a year on student visa. The minimum hourly wage in France is 8,27 Euros gross, that is, before withholding of mandatory social-benefit taxes, which come to approximately 20 percent of the gross payment. Non-EU citizens no longer need to apply for a separate work permit, and can work as long as they hold a valid student visa or residency card, except for Algerian students, who are covered under a separate agreement. Students who have completed a Master’s are also eligible to apply for a six-month temporary work permit to allow them to find a job after their studies, but this provision was recently tightened and many applications were refused.