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Working or starting a business in France

If you are looking to work in France then we have section offering FREE   advertising for employment offered or wanted in France.

We have listed here  a whole range of websites where you can find summer jobs in France or work in ski resorts.

For more permanent work in France you might need different qualifications than you might have had in the UK and be able to speak French of course.


French government job agency

 Starting your own Business


Confused or frustrated about starting or running a business in France? Got questions? Need advice? Want to be sure of getting the right answers? Then it would be a wise move to contact  Valerie Lemiere, who is French and work full-time as a professional business advisor. She run her website and advice service to help English speakers with the problems of starting or running a small business in France.

Auto Entrepreneur Scheme

The scheme was designed to make it easier for self-employed people in France and your tax and social charges will be based on your turnover. You are not allowed to claim any expenses, and the rate or charges will depend on the type of business that you will be running. 

The Auto Entrepreneur scheme details are now available in English, having been translated from the French Government site by translator Alison Morton

English translation of the French auto entrepreneur scheme,   

This information will be very useful for those of you with little French, that would like to become self-employed in France.

The scheme was designed to make it easier for self-employed people in France and your tax and social charges will be based on your turnover. You are not allowed to claim any expenses, and the rate or charges will depend on the type of business that you will be running.

There is also a cap on the amount of turnover allowed, which is basically 80.000 Euros for those supplying goods and 32.000 Euros for those supplying services. These amounts are subject to change in the future.
The good point about the scheme is that you will know exactly where you stand tax wise, based only on your turnover, so it is very simple. There is also no need for an accountant as you will have nothing to claim against.



One of the easiest ways of starting your own business in France is to purchase a franchise, as long as you are careful where you invest your money. Le Bons Voisins offer franchising for their property management business in France. The offer caretaking and key holding, gardening, property maintenance, gite changeovers and many other services.
All Les Bons Voisins franchisees benefit from an initial five day intensive training course, an extensive Operations Manual, followed up by one to one mentoring for six months and on-going support to give them and their business the best possible start. A well-known saying about being a franchisee is that “you're on your own, but not alone”.
The great thing about this franchise is that you will not need any special qualifications, but a little French will help when liaising with any French service companies.

 Estate Agency work in France

Many people have found working self-employed under the umbrella of a large French estate agency, has been very fruitful. You will obviously have to speak some French as you will have to deal with clients, notaires and service companies.

Leggett immobilier is a large Anglo/French estate agency based in the Dordogne, but have agents spread across the whole of France. They have a comprehensive induction training course; you will also have an area coordinator to liaise with. They offer competitive commission rates of up to 71%. There are no hidden costs if you join Leggett Immobilier. They don’t offer you a costly franchise deal with hefty franchise payments and they don’t tie you into monthly contributions towards marketing and business services.
To find out more you can email Deborah Heard one of their successful agents in Brittany.

Minimum Wages and working conditions in France

 For those of you thinking about moving and working in France the minimum wage on 1st January 2011 was 9€ per hour, which is more that the UK. The working week is 35 hours, although many employees work longer and take extra days off. Also they do receive 5 weeks paid holidays a year.

Maternity Leave

 New mothers have the right to a minimum of sixteen weeks of paid maternity leave. Up to six weeks of the allowance may be taken as prenatal leave,. which is taken before the estimated birth date  and the remainder as postnatal leave.  You can choose to shorten your leave, but eight weeks (six of which are postnatal) are compulsory. After the third child, an employee can ask for longer maternity leave: 8 weeks before the date of birth and 18 after. If the birth date is after the estimated date, the prenatal leave is automatically extended, but the postnatal leave entitlement.

During maternity leave, employees receive payments from the social security system. Most companies have also collective agreements concerning continuing payment of the salary by the employer during the period of maternity leave.ent remains the same.

Paternity leave

All new fathers have the right to paternity leave of 11 days (18 days for twins. Leave must be taken on consecutive days within four months of the birth. The employer must be informed at least one month in advance. This can be combined with the three days of leave given for the birth of a child.

 Public holidays

There are eleven national public holidays in France:
1 January , New Year's Day (Nouvel an, Jour de l'An)
Easter Monday in March or April (Lundi de Pâques)
1 May , Labour Day (Fête de travail)
8 May , Victory Day - End of Second World War 1945 (Fête de la liberation)
Ascension Thursday , the sixth Thursday after Easter, usually in May (Ascension)
Whit Monday (Pentecost) , the Second Monday after Ascension, in May or June (Pentecôte)
14 July , Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)
15 August , Assumption (Assomption)
1 November , All Saints' Day (Toussaint)
11 November , Armistice 1918 Day (Fête de l'Armistice)
25 December , Christmas Day (Noël)

When national holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, employees are commonly allowed to faire un pont and take Monday or Friday off and make it into a long weekend (many companies close these days).





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